Business news from Ukraine

GERMAN GOVERNMENT’S REPRESENTATIVE: BERLIN EXPECTS EXTENSION OF AGREEMENT ON RUSSIAN GAS TRANSIT VIA UKRAINE

Ukraine should remain a transit country for Russian gas, and Berlin expects the transit agreement with Russia to be extended, the German government’s official representative, Steffen Seibert, told reporters on Monday in Berlin.
“It remains central for the German government that Ukraine remain a transit country even following the completion of construction on Nord Stream 2. There is a transit agreement,” Seibert said.
The representative said that the current transit agreement “is valid at least until 2024, though the agreement envisages that the parties will review the possibility of extending the agreement until 2034.”
“We expect the agreement to be extended,” Seibert said.

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SKYUP TO START FLIGHTS TO BERLIN

SkyUp (Kyiv) will start flights to Berlin (Germany) from March 29.
The press service of the airline said on Tuesday that the flights will be to the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
“Germany will become one of the new destinations of our summer navigation, which we are preparing to announce in the near future,” SkyUp said.
For comfortable and safe travel, the airline recommends to additionally check the current rules for entry and vacation in the airline flight program countries on the eve of departure.
In 2019, SkyUp Airlines performed 12,198 flights and carried more than 1.7 million passengers (the shares of regular and charter flights of the total number of flights were almost the same).
In the next five years, the air carrier planned to increase its share of the Ukrainian air transportation market up to 50%.
Skyup Airlines LLC was registered in Kyiv in June 2016. The founder is Tetiana and Yuriy Alba’s ACS-Ukraine LLC, which also owns the JoinUp! tour operator.

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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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