Russian and Spanish civil aviation authorities have agreed to add more frequencies on Barcelona (BCN)–Moscow and Alicante (ALC)–Moscow routes. According to letters published on a Russian Ministry of Transport website, the carriers of each country will be able to operate 42 flights per week between Moscow and BCN and 14 flights on Moscow–ALC route.
According to information from Rosaviatsia—Russia’s Dept. of Aviation/Ministry of Transport—Russian carriers now have permission for 28 scheduled flights per week: 14 by Aeroflot (SU), eight by Transaero (UN) and six by VIM-Avia (NN), although the carrier has temporarily stopped all scheduled flights to Europe. Spain-based Vueling (VY) is operating daily flights on the BCN-Moscow Domodedovo (DME) route.
Authorities have arranged to add one more carrier, Spanair (JK), to the BCN-DME route. Until now, JK has operated only charter flights on this route.
Russia and Spain will lift restrictions on a number of codeshare partners on these routes. Spanish Air Europa (UX) codeshares with SU and Iberia (IB) has an agreement with VY.
Moscow-ALC frequencies will double from seven to 14. Three Russian carriers—UN (3X weekly), S7 Airlines (2X weekly) and NN (2X weekly)—are allowed to operate this route. Spain has not designated a local carrier on this route.
S7 would not say if it would request additional frequencies after the deal is sealed. UN representatives said the carrier will ask for more flights but it is not known when the new rules will take effect.