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ITALIAN ERNEST AIRLINES PLANS TO LAUNCH KYIV-GENOA FLIGHT NEXT YEAR

Ernest Airlines (Italy) plans in March 2019 to begin regular flights from Kyiv Sikorsky Airport (Zhuliany) to Genoa (Italy), the press service of the airport has reported.
According to a press release, this decision was announced by the regional manager of the airline during the opening of Kyiv-Rome and Kyiv-Milan (Malpensa) flights on October 19.
Earlier, Kharkiv International Airport announced the opening of regular flights of Ernest Airlines to Rome and Milan from March 21, 2019.
At the moment, the airline’s website has a timetable until the end of March 2019, in which flights from Ukraine to Milan, Rome and Naples are made from Kyiv and Lviv airports, as well as Kyiv-Bologna and Lviv-Venice destinations.
Ernest Airlines is an Italian airline headquartered in Milan. The main operations center of the company is located in Tirana (Albania). The airline is a low cost carrier. It serves Italian and Albanian markets. Currently, the airline’s fleet includes two Airbus-319 and Airbus-320 aircraft, but it is planned to replenish it with two more Airbus-320 aircraft by the end of this year.

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ERNEST AIRLINES OPENS REGULAR FLIGHTS FROM KHARKIV TO ROME AND MILAN FROM MARCH 2019

Ernest Airlines (Italy) on March 21, 2019 plans to start operating regular flights from Kharkiv International Airport to Rome and Milan, the airport’s press service has reported.
Departure from Kharkiv will be three times a week on Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays. The price of a one way ticket will start from EUR45, including hand luggage and taxes.
As reported, in September 2018 passenger traffic in Kharkiv airport was 88,900 people, which is 12% more than in the same period of 2017. In 2017 Kharkiv airport increased passenger traffic to 806,100 people (in 2016 the figure was 599,700 people.) In 2018 it is planned to raise it by another 12% (to 900,000 people).
In July 2018, passenger traffic amounted to 104,500 people, which is 20% more than in the same period of 2017 (87,200).
Kharkiv Airport has a runway with a length of 2,500 meters and a width of 50 meters. It has two passenger terminals with a capacity of 100 and 650 people per hour.

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SUBSIDIARY OF DEUTSCHE LUFTHANSA GROUP BRUSSELS AIRLINES TO START FLYING TO KYIV

Brussels Airlines, the subsidiary of Deutsche Lufthansa Group, will start flying to Kyiv from October 17, 2018, Lufthansa General Manager for Ukraine, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan Rene Koinzack said at a press conference in Kyiv on Wednesday. “The first flights will be on October 17. Brussels and the capital of Ukraine will be connected, which is very important for us,” he said.
Koinzack said that Brussels Airlines also fly to Africa, which creates additional opportunities for Ukrainians.
Lufthansa Group in the field of passenger air transportation, along with the same name brand, includes Austrian Airlines, Swiss Airlines, Eurowings (including Germanwings) and Brussels Airlines, as well as a share in Turkey’s SunExpress. In addition, the group includes logistics, technical and service companies.

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UKRAINE INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES TO LAUNCH FLIGHTS FROM KYIV TO GOA AND DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) from October 25, 2018 will launch direct flights from Kyiv to La Romana (the Dominican Republic) and from December 27 – to Goa (India). According to the press service of the airline, flights to the Dominican Republic will be serviced on Mondays and Thursdays with an interval of ten days. UIA also optimizes the winter season schedule for 2018/2019.
In particular, since December 20, the airline will increase the frequency of flights between Kyiv and Bangkok to six a week, Kyiv and Istanbul – up to three daily flights. At the same time, the intensity of flights between Kyiv and Almaty will be reduced from seven to four, and between Kyiv and Astana – up to three flights a week.
“In the winter, the frequency will be slightly reduced on such European destinations from Kyiv as Larnaca, Venice, Athens, Barcelona, Madrid, Rome, Frankfurt, Brussels, Riga, Vilnius, Stockholm, Helsinki, London, Copenhagen, Ankara, Milan (Bergamo), Prague and Vienna, the frequency of long-haul flights to Beijing and Toronto will be reduced by one and two flights a week, respectively,” the press service of the airline said.
Also, a slight reduction in the number of flights to Tel Aviv, Baku, Yerevan, Tbilisi, Amman and Tehran is planned.
From the regions of Ukraine, there will be less direct international flights from Ivano-Frankivsk to Valencia and Alicante, and also from Lviv to Madrid.
One flight a week less will be serviced from Kyiv to Kharkiv and Lviv.
UIA was founded in 1992. According to the National Commission for Securities and the Stock Market and the state register, 100% directly or indirectly is controlled by Cypriot-based Ontobet Promotions Limited which beneficiaries are not disclosed.

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UKRAINE INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES EXPANDS FLEET WITH ONE MORE BOEING PLANE

Ukraine International Airlines (UIA, Kyiv) has expanded its fleet with the third Boeing 777-200 ER plane. The press service of the airline reported that the plane received the UR-GOC registration number. UR-GOC aircraft accommodates 361 passengers in three-class cabin configuration, i.e. Business Class, Premium Economy Class, and Economy Class.
UIA will operate the aircraft on regular routes between Kiev and New York, Beijing, and Bangkok.
In 2018, UIA has received seven planes: three long-haul Boeing 777 and four medium-haul Boeing 737-800 NG, including three planes from the Boeing plant. In Q2 and Q3 2018 the airline plans to expand its fleet with two more long-haul Boeing 777 and two Embraer 195 planes. Ukraine International Airlines was founded in 1992. It connects Ukraine with more than 50 cities and key points in Europe, Asia, America, Africa, the Middle East and the CIS countries and provides connection with the routes of partner airlines in more than 3,000 cities of the world. UIA performs more than 1,100 regular flights a week.
The fleet consists of 43 airplanes of different modifications, including 30 medium range Boeing-737 NG aircraft. One of the ultimate beneficiaries of the company is businessman Ihor Kolomoisky.

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BRUSSELS AIRLINES LAUNCHES REGULAR FLIGHTS BETWEEN KYIV AND BRUSSELS

Brussels Airlines (Belgium) from October 17, 2018 will launch regular flights between Kyiv and Brussels, the airline has said. “Due to visa liberalization in Ukraine and the policy of the country close to the EU, during the last two years the demand for flights between Kyiv and Brussels has increased significantly. In order to meet the growing demand, Brussels Airlines launches direct air connection between Kyiv and Brussels and offers four flights a week,” the report says.
According to the press service of the air carrier, flights will be performed on board Airbus aircraft four times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.
Brussels Airlines is the largest airline and national air carrier of Belgium. It is a subsidiary of Lufthansa, which owns 45% of SN Airholding, which owns Brussels Airlines.

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