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LATVIA’S AIRBALTIC TO LAUNCH FLIGHT FROM LVIV TO RIGA

Latvia’s airBaltic will launch direct regular flights on the Riga-Lviv-Riga route from April 1, 2019.
Accordig to the booking system, airBaltic will operate flights between Riga and Lviv four times weekly: on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from Riga and on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Satrudays and Sundays from Lviv.
The round trip ticket prices start from EUR 130.
airBaltic also flies to Kyiv and Odesa.
airBaltic connects the Baltic region with 70 destinations in Europe, the Middle East, and the CIS. The state of Latvia owns 80.05% of the airline, and Aircraft Leasing 1 holds 20%.

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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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UKRAINE AND SERBIA IN TALKS OF LAUNCHING BELGRADE-KYIV FLIGHT

Ukraine and Serbia are holding talks to launch the Belgrade-Kyiv regular flight, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has said.
“We have started the negotiations… on the launch of a new regular flight between Belgrade and Kyiv,” Vucic said after the talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Belgrade on Tuesday.
He said that the launch of the flight would help to establish business and cultural ties between Ukraine and Serbia.
Vucic said that last year over 10,000 tourists from Ukraine visited Serbia.
“We believe that this tourist flow would grow more,” he said.
The Serbian president showed the interest that citizens of Serbia travel to Ukraine.

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IRISH RYANAIR TO LAUNCH FLIGHT FROM KYIV TO POLAND’S BYDGOSZCZ IN OCTOBER

Ryanair, the largest European low-cost airline, will launch a new flight from Kyiv to Bydgoszcz, the administrative center of Poland’s Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship, on October 31.
“+1 Ryanair flight from Boryspil to Poland as soon as this fall. In total, there are 17 directions handled by this company between Ukraine and the EU, and this fall there will be pleasant surprises from Europe’s No. 1 carrier!” Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure Volodymyr Omelyan wrote on Facebook on June 26.
According to Ryanair’s booking system, flights to Bydgoszcz will be carried out twice a week – on Wednesdays and Sundays. Currently, prices start from EUR22 (one way).
Taking into account this route, Ryanair offers flights from Kyiv to six Polish cities and one destination to Germany, Spain, Lithuania, Slovakia, the United Kingdom and Sweden each, as well as two routes from Lviv to Germany and Poland each, and one to the United Kingdom.

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UKRAINE INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES PERFORMS FIRST KYIV-DELHI FLIGHT

Ukraine International Airlines (UIA, Kyiv), the country’s largest air carrier, has performed the first flight along the Kyiv-Delhi route.
According to an Interfax-Ukraine correspondent, the aircraft departed on May 1 at 20:50 Kyiv time and arrived at around 06:00 Indian time. The occupancy was about 100 passengers, while about 245 tickets were sold on the return flight.
The flight will be operated four times a week and soon, according to UIA Vice President for Commerce Serhiy Fomenko, five times a week.
Previously the company noted that flights from Kyiv will be on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. And return flights from Delhi will be on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday on board Boeing 767-300 aircraft with three classes of service – business, premium, and economy – to/from Delhi International Airport (Indira Gandhi International).
“Delhi will be the fifth long-haul route in the UIA network and the second point connecting Ukraine with the countries of the Indian subcontinent,” UIA Corporate Spokeswoman Yevhenia Satska said.
As reported, the minimum cost of a ticket in both directions, taking into account all fees and taxes, from Kyiv starts from UAH 14,849 (the price may vary depending on the hryvnia to U.S. dollar exchange rate fluctuations), from Delhi from $529.

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