Budget airline easyJet has confirmed a new route between London Gatwick and Moscow Domodedovo Airport will be launched in the new year.
The announcement comes after the Civil Aviation Authority granted permission for the new twice-daily route to go ahead, with return fares expected to start from £125.
Carolyn McCall, easyJet chief executive, said the move was "the right decision" for consumers in Britain and Russia, with routes set to begin next spring.
She said: "Russia has a fast-growing economy and is a country rich in culture and history. We believe that our flights will be popular with both business and leisure travellers alike."
The low-cost carrier anticipates around 230,000 passengers will board the Airbus A320 service next year, while other new services have also been planned for London Stansted over the next 12 months.
New routes will run from Stansted to the Moroccan city of Marrakech, the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, and Sofia - the capital city of Bulgaria.
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