Business news from Ukraine

GERMAN CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL INVITES NEW UKRAINE’S PM TO VISIT BERLIN

German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel has congratulated Oleksiy Honcharuk on his appointment as Prime Minister of Ukraine, expressed interest in developing Ukrainian-German relations and invited the head of the Ukrainian government to visit Berlin in the nearest time.
“I would be very glad to welcome you soon in Berlin,” the text of Merkel’s letter to Honcharuk, published on the German government’s website on Tuesday, says.
According to her, the German Federal Government will remain a reliable partner for Ukraine and the Ukrainian government in carrying out key reforms in the field of justice, decentralization and the fight against corruption.
“Germany wants to work together in close dialogue with Ukraine on many of the challenges Ukraine faces. The goal remains in that Ukraine can shape its own future with sovereignty and full territorial integrity. Germany is also interested in further deepening bilateral economic relations. We look forward to working with you in this area,” the letter says.

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WIZZ AIR AIRLINE TO LAUNCH FLIGHTS FROM ODESA TO BUDAPEST, BERLIN, BRATISLAVA, WROCLAW, GDANSK, AND KATOWICE

Hungary’s low cost Wizz Air airline in autumn 2019 will launch flights to seven new destinations: six from Odesa and one from Lviv, Paulina Gosk, corporate communications manager at Wizz Air, said at a briefing in Odesa. According to her, from Odesa, in particular, twice a week from November flights will be operated to Budapest (Hungary), Berlin (Germany), Bratislava (Slovakia), Wroclaw, Gdansk, and Katowice (all are in Poland).
In addition, on October 28, it is planned to launch the Lviv-Larnaca (Cyprus) flights.
“In 2019, 17 new destinations from Ukraine were opened,” Gosk said.
The airline expects that thanks to the increase in the number of destinations, 2.6 million seats will be sold this year, and in general, 53 destinations will be covered from Ukraine by the end of 2019, Gosk said.
As reported, in January-July 2019, Wizz Air transported 1.3 million passengers from and to Ukraine and this is almost twice as much compared to the same period in 2018.

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LARGEST EUROPEAN LOW COST RYANAIR TO START FLYING FROM KYIV TO BERLIN ON SEPT 3

Ryanair, the largest European low cost airline, on September 3 will launch the new flight – from Kyiv to Berlin (Schönefeld), the press service of the Boryspil international airport has told reporters. “On September 3, 2018 the Boryspil airport will launch the first flight of the Ryanair airline Kyiv-Borispil – Berlin-Schönefeld,” the airport said.
The airline will operate four flights a week on this route.
Taking into account the flight to Poland’s Bydgoszcz, Ryanair offers flights from Kyiv to six Polish cities and one destination each to Germany, Spain, Lithuania, Slovakia, Great Britain and Sweden, as well as two destinations from Lviv to Germany and Poland and one to the U.K.

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INTERNATIONAL MARKETPLACE FOR FINDING PRIVATE TUTORS PREPLY PULLS IN $4 MLN, OPENS SECOND OFFICE IN BERLIN

The international marketplace for finding private tutors Preply has pulled in $4 million in the seed round. Lead investor was Point Nine Capital, Berlin-based venture fund, investing in SaaS and marketplaces at early stages. “Investors in Preply’s seed round include Arthur Kosten (ex-CMO at Booking.com, 2003-2012), Polish VC RTAventures, founder & CEO of DocPlanner Mariusz Gralewski, Poland’s Grupa Pracuj EO Przemyslaw Gacek, Diligent Capital Partners (Ukraine) and SMRK (Ukraine),” Preply reported.
“Next year we plan to become the leading marketplace for finding private tutors of foreign languages in the world,” co-founder and CEO of Preply Kirill Bigai said.
Managing Partner of Point Nine Capital Pawel Chudzinski, in turn, said that the fund took this opportunity to enter the fragmented online tutoring market, evaluating the focus on consumer experience and global proof of the concept, and will contribute to the efforts of the Preply team to win leadership on it. The new round of financing will support the long-term development of new products, including the Preply calendar, instant booking options, and the launch of a mobile application.
In addition, the funding allowed Preply to open a second office in Berlin and build up a team of senior professionals working on the product: managers, designers and developers. In the near future the startup plans to search and appoint VP of Marketing.
The company was founded in 2012 by Bigai, Sergey Lukyanov (Head of Product Design) and Dmytro Voloshyn (CTO) with offices in Kyiv and Berlin.

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WIZZ AIR TO START FLYING FROM KYIV TO LISBON, TALLINN, BERLIN, FROM KHARKIV TO KATOWICE

Wizz Air to place its third plane in its base in Kyiv and will start flying from Kyiv to Lisbon, Tallinn and Berlin, and from Kharkiv to Katowice, the airline has said in a press release on the occasion of the celebration of the 10th anniversary of its operation in Ukraine.
“In 2018, the airline doubles its operations in Ukraine,” acting Corporate Relations Head at Wizz Air Sorina Ratz said.
In addition, the airline will increase the weekly frequency of flights to seven popular destinations, adding a total of 24 flights a week.
Placement of the third airbus A320 in Kyiv, according to the airline, will create 100 jobs.
Flights Kyiv-Lisbon will be serviced on Tuesdays and Saturdays from June 21.
Flights Kyiv-Tallinn will be serviced on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from June 21.
Flights Kyiv-Berlin will be serviced daily from July 1, and flights Kharkiv-Katowice – on Wednesdays and Sundays from June 20.

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UKRAINE IN BERLIN TO DISCUSS DEVELOPMENT OF STRATEGIC COOPERATION IN SPACE WITH EU PARTNERS

Ukraine will discuss development of strategic cooperation in the space sector with European partners at the ILA 2018 aerospace exhibition held in Berlin (Germany) on April 25 through April 29. The press service of the Economic Development and Trade Ministry, Deputy Economic Development and Trade Minister, Head of the interagency commission for defense industry at the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Yuriy Brovchenko, who heads the Ukrainian delegation to ILA 2018, will hold some meetings strategically important for the development of the Ukrainian aerospace sector with top managers of European agencies on the issues of partnership in the aerospace sector.
Brovchenko is to meet with top officials of the Economy Ministry, Defense Ministry of Germany, German Aerospace Center (DLR), French Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) and the European Space Agency (ESA). ILA Berlin Air Show is a large exhibition in Europe. Leading Ukrainian enterprises of the aerospace sector – Pivdenne Design Bureau, Pivdenmash and Antonov State Enterprise (part of the Ukroboronprom State Concern) are among Ukrainian participants of ILA 2018.
Potential European partners-visitors to the Ukrainian stand at ILA 2018 are able to study themselves, among other things, the Cyclone-4M, Zenit-3SL, Mayak-33-4H promising Ukrainian launch vehicles (LV) and the Sich-2M spacecraft.

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