Low-cost Russian carrier Pobeda Airlines is to launch the first direct service to Saint Petersburg from Stansted.

Flights will run four times a week from October 12 on board a Boeing 737-800 NG. One-way fares start from £35.

The airline, founded in 2014 and part of the Aeroflot Group, has a fleet of 22 aircraft and a further two Boeing 737-800 on order.

It carried nearly five million passengers in 2017 across 85 destinations in Europe, Russia and further afield.

Aboudy Nasser, Stansted’s chief commercial officer, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Pobeda Airlines to London Stansted.

“This exciting new service will provide very cost-effective and convenient direct access to Saint Petersburg from Stansted for the first time. I’m sure the route will be well received with business passengers from across London and the east of England looking to access Russia’s second largest city, and also prove to be very popular with leisure passengers eager to explore the culture and history of this world-renowned city.”

General director for Pobeda Airlines, Andrey Kalmykov, said: “We are very pleased to launch our new service to London Stansted and connect the great city of Saint Petersburg with London, Cambridge and the wider east of England, and I’m sure our low fares will ensure the flights enjoy strong demand from UK passengers.”