Dubai-based flydubai on September 6 announced that it would move its existing operations from Kyiv Sikorsky International Airport to Boryspil International Airport with effect from October 28, 2018. “Ukraine remains an important market for the airline. From October 2, double daily flights will be available between Kyiv and Dubai,” the company said in a statement on its website.
flydubai launched its operations to Ukraine in 2013 and offers 17 weekly flights from Kyiv and Odesa to Dubai.
“Through flydubai’s expanded codeshare partnership with Emirates, Ukrainian passengers also are offered unmatched travel options via Dubai’s aviation hub,” the company said.
According to the announcement, the company will use a new Boeing 737 MAX 8 on the Kyiv route.
Emirates will codeshare on this route as part of the Emirates flydubai partnership announced in July 2017.
“Another good news for Boryspil and its passengers. Terminal F will still be filled from next year,” Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan commented on the announcement.
flydubai carries out more than 1,700 flights per week to more than 90 destinations in 48 countries.
Turkish Airlines from September 25, 2018 will increase the frequency of Odesa-Istanbul flights by three, to 21 times a week.
According to the airline’s press release, flights will be operated according to the following schedule: daily departure from Istanbul at 07:55 and 19:10, from Odesa at 10:25 and 21:35; on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays with departure from Istanbul at 00:50 and from Odesa at 3:20; and also on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays with departure from Istanbul at 13:10 and from Odesa at 15:40 local time.
As reported, Turkish Airlines in 2017 served more than 600,000 passengers on its own flights to/from Ukraine, which is 18% more than in 2016.
The flight schedule of Turkish Airlines in Ukraine covers Kyiv, Odesa, Lviv, Zaporizhia, Kherson and Kharkiv.
Turkish Airlines (Türk Hava Yolları, THY) was established in 1933 with a fleet of five aircraft. For today has an air fleet of 329 passenger and cargo aircraft.
The destination map of flights of Hungary’s low cost airline Wizz Air from Kyiv has been expanded by three new destinations – to Bremen (Germany), Riga (Latvia) and Billund (Denmark) where the Legoland center is located, as well as flights from Kyiv to Copenhagen (Denmark) and Frankfurt-Hahn (Germany). According to a posting on the airline’s website, flights to these cities will be launched from March 2019 (to Frankfurt-Hahn from December 14, 2018).
Two flights a week to Bremen and Billund will be serviced and three to Riga.
The cost of tickets to Billund and Riga starts from UAH 449 in March and UAH 909 later on less convenient working days, and from UAH 1,509 on weekends, to Bremen – from UAH 909 on working days and UAH 1,209 on weekends.
Thus, the total number of Wizz Air’s destinations from Kyiv would reach 26, including nine to Germany and two to Denmark.
In addition, flights from Lviv to Copenhagen will be serviced on Wednesdays and Sundays from March 3, 2019, flights to Frankfurt-Hahn – on Mondays and Fridays from December 14, 2018. The prices start from UAH 759.
Wizz Air also plans to increase the number of flights on the Kyiv-Lisbon route from two to three.
Hungary’s low cost airline Wizz Air from October 2018 will service flights from Lviv to Vilnius and Bratislava, and from Kharkiv to Gdansk and Wroclaw. The press service of the airline reported that Ukrainian passenger can book tickets on the airline’s website at the prices starting from UAH 299 for a one-way ticket, taking into account all taxes and duties.
Flights from Lviv to Vilnius will be serviced from October 29 on Mondays and Fridays; from Lviv to Bratislava – from October 30 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Flights from Kharkiv to Gdansk and Wroclaw will be serviced on Wednesdays and Sundays from October 28, 2018.
“We will now service regular flights from the Kharkiv international airport on four Polish routes, and we hope that direct flights to cities such as Wroclaw and Gdansk will open even more opportunities for our passengers: both in the tourism industry and in education, culture, entrepreneurship and others,” Commercial Director for Aviation Activities of the Kharkiv international airport (managed by New Systems AM, a member of the DCH group of businessman Oleksandr Yaroslavsky) Vladyslav Ilyin said.
Hungary’s low cost airline Wizz Air in January-July 2018 carried over 700,000 passengers on flights from/to Ukraine, which is twice more than a year ago. “In the first seven months of 2018 ending July, Wizz Air transported more than 700,000 passengers on Ukrainian routes, which is twice as much as in the same period last year, which makes Wizz the first largest low-cost air carrier in Ukraine,” the airline’s press service said.
This year, 13 new destinations have been launched from Ukraine, including flights to Katowice, Gdansk, Dortmund, London Luton, Lisbon, Tallinn, Frankfurt, Berlin Schoenefeld and Vienna (37 routes to 11 countries in total). “Our constant expansion of activities in Ukraine underscores Wizz Air’s commitment to the country, and also continues stimulating the development of local tourism,” Communications Manager at Wizz Air Sorina Ratz said. Wizz Air is the largest low cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe.
Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) from October 25, 2018 will launch direct flights from Kyiv to La Romana (the Dominican Republic) and from December 27 – to Goa (India). According to the press service of the airline, flights to the Dominican Republic will be serviced on Mondays and Thursdays with an interval of ten days. UIA also optimizes the winter season schedule for 2018/2019.
In particular, since December 20, the airline will increase the frequency of flights between Kyiv and Bangkok to six a week, Kyiv and Istanbul – up to three daily flights. At the same time, the intensity of flights between Kyiv and Almaty will be reduced from seven to four, and between Kyiv and Astana – up to three flights a week.
“In the winter, the frequency will be slightly reduced on such European destinations from Kyiv as Larnaca, Venice, Athens, Barcelona, Madrid, Rome, Frankfurt, Brussels, Riga, Vilnius, Stockholm, Helsinki, London, Copenhagen, Ankara, Milan (Bergamo), Prague and Vienna, the frequency of long-haul flights to Beijing and Toronto will be reduced by one and two flights a week, respectively,” the press service of the airline said.
Also, a slight reduction in the number of flights to Tel Aviv, Baku, Yerevan, Tbilisi, Amman and Tehran is planned.
From the regions of Ukraine, there will be less direct international flights from Ivano-Frankivsk to Valencia and Alicante, and also from Lviv to Madrid.
One flight a week less will be serviced from Kyiv to Kharkiv and Lviv.
UIA was founded in 1992. According to the National Commission for Securities and the Stock Market and the state register, 100% directly or indirectly is controlled by Cypriot-based Ontobet Promotions Limited which beneficiaries are not disclosed.