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WORLD’S LARGEST EUROPEAN BUDGET CARRIER RYANAIR REMOVES ALL FLIGHTS FROM UKRAINE FROM BOOKING SYSTEM

The world’s largest European budget carrier Ryanair has canceled all flights to and from Ukraine, in particular, from the airports of Kyiv, Lviv and Odesa, for an unlimited period, this follows from the information in its booking system.
According to one of the correspondents of Interfax-Ukraine, the company, in particular, sent him messages about the cancellation of an already paid flight for August 29, 2022.
The day after Russia launched a war against Ukraine on February 24 and closed the country’s airspace, Ryanair announced that it had suspended and withdrawn from sale flights to/from Ukraine until the end of March, pending further information from EU security authorities.
As of the morning of March 2, flights to and from Ukraine were still in the booking system for dates after March 27.
Earlier in February, before the start of the war, Ryanair removed all flights to Kharkiv and Kherson from sale.
Ryanair’s main competitor among low-cost carriers in Ukraine, Wizz Air, is still selling tickets to and from the country for the period after March 27.

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HUNGARIAN LOW-COST WIZZ AIR CANCELS FLIGHTS TO UKRAINE

The Hungarian low-cost airline Wizz Air has canceled all flights to Ukraine until March 27, the relevant information is contained in the airline’s booking system. According to it, the first flights available for sale to the company’s destinations from/to Ukraine are on Sunday, March 27.
Ticket holders before this date received an offer from the company to exchange them for flights with a later date, return the money or put them on an annual deposit for the purchase of tickets in the future with a 20% surcharge.
As reported, Wizz Air has suspended flights to Ukraine since February 24, when a full-scale Russian invasion of the country began. In addition, until March 4, the airline also refrains from flights to the capital of Moldova, Chisinau, instead performing them to the Romanian airport Iasi.
Wizz Air also said that it is working on the evacuation of its aircraft and employees with families from Ukraine.
According to Interfax-Ukraine, about three aircraft of the company remained at the Kyiv airport, which did not have time to take off from Kyiv on the morning of February 24.

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UKRAINE INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES OPERATES FLIGHTS WITHOUT CHANGES

Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) will continue operating flights according to the existing schedule, the company’s press service reported on February 14. “Ukraine International Airlines will continue to operate flights according to the existing schedule, operating 16 medium-haul aircraft without any changes in the schedule. In particular, today’s evening flights and tomorrow’s morning flights are operated without changes,” the company said in a statement.
UIA said the preservation of operational work was made possible by a constructive dialogue between UIA’s business partners, as well as cooperation with the Government of Ukraine.
“Currently, tickets for flights of UIA and partners are on sale on the official website of the airline. The airline will continue to regularly report any possible changes in its operations,” the airline said.

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UKRAINE DOES NOT PLAN TO CLOSE AIRSPACE

Ukraine has no plans to close its airspace to civil aviation, as there are no grounds for this, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) Oleksiy Danilov has said.
“We do not close our airspace, and we are not going to close today, and there are no grounds for this. As for some companies that lease aircraft and reinsure themselves. First of all, it is connected with the Netherlands. You remember when Russia shot down MH17 in Donetsk region. They are reinsured today. I emphasize once again: we do not see this, we will not close it,” Danilov told reporters after a meeting with representatives of the Verkhovna Rada on Monday.

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UKRAINIAN AIRLINE AIR OCEAN SUSPENDS FLIGHTS

The Ukrainian airline Air Ocean will stop operating flights until March 15, the airline’s press service has reported.
“Dear passengers, due to the delay in the delivery of aircraft and the need for scheduled maintenance of currently operated aircraft, the airline is forced to postpone flights with resumption starting from March 15, 2022,” the airline said in the report.
The press service also said that if the tickets were bought on the airline’s website, the funds will be automatically credited in full to the card from which the payment was made. If the ticket was purchased from an air travel agent, the passenger should contact the place of purchase for a refund of the ticket price. “Or we offer you to retain the right to fly with an open departure date, and when buying the next ticket, we provide a discount of 50% of the ticket price,” the airline said.

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FOUR UKRAINIAN AIRLINES GET MONEY COMPENSATION

SkyUp Airlines, Azur Air Ukraine, Windrose and Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) received more than UAH 60.7 million in compensation from the state for returning citizens to their homeland in the spring of 2020, the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine reported on your Facebook page on Friday.
“Ukrainian air carriers were reimbursed more than UAH 60.7 million for the implementation of irregular international flights in the spring of 2020. The peculiarity of these flights was that they departed from Ukraine without passengers – that is, without commercial loading. The main task then was to return Ukrainian citizens home to conditions when countries around the world introduced a tough lockdown. I am very grateful to the Ukrainian airlines for the fact that they were able to respond to global challenges as quickly as possible,” Minister of Infrastructure Oleksandr Kubrakov said.
According to him, in such critical situations, the state does not have the necessary flexibility to make quick decisions to respond to such threats.
“This is one of the clearest examples of why Ukraine needs the state air carrier Ukraine National Airlines in the modern world,” he added.

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