Ukrainian Airlines SkyUp (Kyiv) has changed the flight program to Italy and Israel amid spreading of the coronavirus (COVID-9) epidemic, the press service of the company said.
“In view of spreading of the COVID-19 as well as toughening of the measures to limit it to the different countries, in particular Italy and Israel, SkyUp Airlines is reducing its flight program to these countries,” reads the statement.
In some areas, the start of the flight program is postponed to the beginning of summer, and in some areas the number of flights will be cut.
According to the airlines, on the route Lviv – Tel Aviv flights with a departure on March 19, 26, 30, April 2, 6, 13 will be canceled. Flights on the Zaporozhzhia – Tel Aviv route with a departure on March 15, 22 and 29, April 5 and 12 will also be canceled.
In addition, the flight program on the Kharkiv-Tel Aviv route, the start of which was scheduled for March 29, is completely canceled.
Besides, SkyUp postponed the start of flights from Kyiv to Rome, Bergamo, Bologna and Pisa – on June 1, 2020; from Kyiv to Bari – on May 1; from Lviv to Rome and Bergamo – on June 1.
At the same time, flights to Naples will continue unchanged.
The start of flights to Rimini and Lamezia Terme, scheduled for May 30, as well as to Catania (early May 26), remains unchanged.
The airlines also noted that tickets for canceled flights could be exchanged free of charge for other dates or receive a full refund. In case of flight cancellation, the airline will provide a free date change or a full refund of the ticket price.
If a passenger wishes to cancel the trip to Israel for personal reasons, SkyUp will provide a free date change.
Passengers who have purchased tickets for flights Kharkov – Tel Aviv – Kharkiv will be offered a free change of the place of departure / arrival to Zaporizhia instead of Kharkiv or a full refund of the cost of the ticket.
Earlier, on the evening of March 12, Israel imposed restrictions on foreigners arriving in the country. Entry will be permitted only to those who confirm the ability to provide 14-day home quarantine.
Since March 10, Italy due to a sharp outbreak of coronavirus incidence, has imposed a ban on public gatherings, canceled sporting events, and banned movement inside the country without good reason.
Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) in connection with information on coronavirus spread offers passengers who have flights to Italy and a number of other countries in March-April 2020 to change the departure date for free, the company’s press service has said.
“To date, there are no any prohibitions on the termination of air traffic with Italy received from international or national competent authorities. In this regard, UIA continues to fly to Italian cities, namely, to Rome, Milan and Venice according to the plan. The airline understands that some passengers who planned their trips to/from Italy in March and April may be concerned about this situation. Thus, UIA offers the opportunity to change the departure date free of charge within the tickets’ validity (if there are free seats in the initial booking class),” reads the statement.
The offer concerns flights from Ukraine to Italy, Germany and Switzerland; from Italy to India, Turkey and Egypt; from Italy, Austria, Spain, France, Germany and Switzerland to Israel and applies to the transit flights through Ukraine to Italy.
All additional services are automatically transferred to the next flight. Tickets are returned in accordance with the rules of the applicable fare.
“Now we are receiving single requests for changing the departure date, there are no mass refusals of passengers to fly to Italian cities, flight loading remains high. Many airlines reduce or even cancel flights to Italy. We understand how important it is to maintain air traffic between countries and economies in this situation. For our part, to make sure the safety of the flights of our passengers and crews, we take all possible measures and follow the appeal issued in the IATA press release, namely do our job consistently and professionally, without panic,” Yevhenia Satska, UIA Communications Director, said.
Ukrainian airlines in February 2020 performed 89% of all flights from the country’s airports with a 15-minute deviation from the schedule, which corresponds to an increase of 3.1 percentage points compared to the previous airlines’ punctuality study for January 2020 (85.9%).
According to data the Infrastructure Ministry of Ukraine posted on its website, in general, in January Ukrainian airlines operated 2,929 flights.
At same time, the ministry indicates that the punctuality of foreign airlines in February 2020 increased to 87.3% (from 86.6% in January 2020). The total number of flights is 2,739.
Of the Ukrainian airlines that performed more than 50 flights in January, the most punctual was Windrose airline with an indicator of 92.7% with a total number of flights being 315. It is followed by Ukraine’s largest airline, Ukraine International Airlines (UIA), with 91.6% with the total number of flights being 1,770 and Motor Sich with 90.4% and 114 flights. The next are SkyUp (81.9% and 514 flights) and Azur Air Ukraine (79%, 195 flights).
Among foreign airlines, the punctuality rating with 100% was headed by Onur AI (16 flights), Alitalia (15 flights), and Scandinavian Airlines (six flights).
Among the low cost airlines in January, the Irish Ryanair had the best punctuality indicators – 89.7% with 465 flights. Wizz Air Hungary had 84.8% with 552 flights. Wizz Air UK had 81% with 21 flights. Pegasus Airlines is fourth with punctuality of 60% and 90 flights.
SkyUp Airlines in May 2020 will launch flights from Kyiv, Lviv, Zaporizhia, Odesa, and Kharkiv to the cities of Greece.
According to the airline’s press service, flights to Heraklion (Crete island) will be launched from Kyiv on April 25. First they will be carried out on Saturdays and Sundays, and from May 26 they will be carried out on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The cost of a one-way ticket with baggage is from UAH 3,300.
In addition, from May 30 flights to Corfu Island are launched from Kyiv, and from May 31 to Zakynthos (Zakynthos Island).
Flights to Corfu will be operated on Saturdays. The ticket price starts from UAH 3,400. Flights to Zakynthos will be performed on Sundays, the ticket price is from UAH 3,400.
Flights are launched only to Heraklion from Zaporizhia, Lviv, Odesa, and Kharkiv.
SkyUp LLC was registered in Kyiv in June 2016. The founder is ACS-Ukraine LLC of Tetiana and Yuriy Alba, who also own the JoinUp! tour operator.
SkyUp Airlines suspends its flights to the United Arab Emirates from February 1, 2020 due to the closure of the airspace over Iran and Iraq.
“From February 1, 2020, SkyUp Airlines suspends its regular flights to Sharjah (UAE) from Zaporizhia, Lviv and Kharkiv. This is connected with the prolongation of the ban on flights in the airspace over the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Iraq, which was introduced by the State Aviation Administration of Ukraine from January 9, 2020,” the company said on Friday.
SkyUp also said that bypassing of the territories of Iran and Iraq increases the duration of the flights and makes it necessary to make a stop to refuel the plane.
SkyUp Airlines has announced the launch of some flights to Italy from Kyiv, Lviv, Odesa and Kharkiv. The airline said on its Facebook page on Tuesday, in particular, the Kyiv-Rome-Kyiv flight will be operated from March 29 to October 24, 2020 three times a week – on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. The cost of one ticket without baggage from Kyiv to Rome starts from UAH 1,500, and back from UAH 2,200.
In addition, from March 29 to October 24, a flight will be operated on the route Kyiv-Milan (Bergamo). It will be performed three times a week – on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. The cost of a ticket from Kyiv to Milan starts from UAH 1,500, and back from UAH 1,600.
The flight Kyiv-Bologna-Kyiv will also be operated from March 29 to October 24, 2020. In particular, it will be serviced on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. The cost of a ticket from Kyiv to Bologna starts from UAH 1,500, and back from UAH 1,800.
Flight Kyiv-Lamezia Terme-Kyiv will be operated from May 30 to September 30, 2020 twice a week – on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The cost of a ticket from Kyiv to Lamezia Terme starts from UAH 2,100, and back from UAH 2,300.
The Lviv-Rome-Lviv flight will be operated from March 29 to October 24, 2020 three times a week – on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. The ticket price from Lviv to Rome starts from UAH 1,400, and back from UAH 1,900.
The Lviv-Naples-Lviv flight will also be operated from March 29 to October 24, 2020, but twice a week – on Tuesdays and Fridays. The ticket price from Lviv to Naples starts from UAH 1,100, and back from UAH 1,400.
In the same period, it is planned to launch the flight Lviv-Milan (Bergamo)-Lviv. It will be performed on Mondays and Fridays. The ticket price from Lviv to Milan starts from UAH 1,400, and back from UAH 1,500.
Flight Odesa-Lamezia Terme-Odesa will be operated from June 3 to September 30, 2020 only on Wednesdays. The ticket price from Odesa to Lamezia Terme starts from UAH 2,100, and back from UAH 2,200.
Flight Kharkiv-Lamezia Terme-Kharkiv will be operated from June 1 to September 28, 2020 on Mondays. The cost of a ticket from Kharkiv to Lamezia Terme starts from UAH 2,400, and back from UAH 2,600.