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UKRAINE INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES LAUNCHES FLIGHTS FROM KYIV TO IZMIR FROM JUNE 15

Ukraine International Airlines (UIA, Kyiv) from June 15, 2019 will launch direct flights from Kyiv to Izmir (Turkey).
The press service of UIA reported that flights between Kyiv and Izmir will be operated daily by medium-haul Boeing 737-800 NG and Embraer aircraft. It will take 2 hours and 20 minutes to get to the destination.
One-way economy class ticket prices include all taxes and surcharges start from UAH 819 when booked in advance.
UIA has enhanced its fleet with second medium-haul Embraer-195. The plane received the registration number UR-EMF. The plane is scheduled to operate its first commercial flights from May 27.
Ukraine International Airlines was founded in 1992. The fleet consists of 42 airplanes of different modifications. One of the ultimate beneficiaries of the airline is businessman Ihor Kolomoisky.

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SCANDINAVIAN AIRLINES FROM SWEDEN PLANS TO RESUME FLIGHTS TO UKRAINE

SAS Airline (Scandinavian Airlines, Sweden) plans to resume flights to Ukraine, starting servicing direct Oslo-Kyiv flights from October 2019, according to the Google Flights ticket search engine. SAS’s website is not available for users with Ukrainian IP.
“Congratulations to Scandinavian Airlines on its return to Ukraine after eight years of break,” Infrastructure Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Omelyan said on his Facebook page.
Boeing 737-700 aircraft will service the Oslo-Kyiv SAS direct flights between the Gardermoen and Borispol airports with a frequency of three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The plane will depart from Kyiv at 14:00, and from Oslo at 09:30 local time.
“This decision is another reflection of the significant strengthening of Ukrainian-Norwegian relations in recent years, which, in turn, was the result of unprecedented intensification of contacts between people, including mutual trips between Ukraine and Norway,” Ambassador of Ukraine to Norway Viacheslav Yatsiuk said in a posting on the website of the Cabinet of Ministers.
The ambassador believes that there is every reason to expect that the opening of the flight between Kyiv and Oslo will help further strengthen the interaction between the two countries, and the visa-free regime between Ukraine and Norway will contribute to the success of the future Kyiv-Oslo flight.

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AZERBAIJAN’S LOW COST AIRLINE STARTS FLIGHTS FROM ODESA TO BAKU

Azerbaijan’s low cost airline Buta Airways has started servicing flights from Baku to Odesa and back, newly appointed ambassador of Ukraine to Azerbaijan Vladyslav Kanevsky has said.
“Ukraine and Azerbaijan are getting even closer! From today, Azerbaijan’s low cost airline Buta Airways will service flights on the route Baku-Odesa-Baku. Odesa has become the third city where flights from Azerbaijan will be operated. The company is already flying to Kyiv and Kharkiv,” Ukrainian diplomat wrote last week in his account on Twitter.

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SWISS INTERNATIONAL INCREASES NUMBER OF FLIGHTS FROM UKRAINE TO SWITZERLAND

Swiss International, part of Lufthansa Group, is increasing the number of Zurich-Kyiv flights from four to six per week from April, Lufthansa Group Country Manager Rene Koinzack has said. “From April 7, the number of flights will be increased to six per week and from July they will be carried out daily,” he told reporters at the Embassy of Switzerland in Kyiv on April 5.
Koinzack added that the flights will be carried out by Bombardier CS300 [for 135 passengers] and CS100 [for 110 passengers] planes.
He also told Interfax-Ukraine that it was too early to talk about a possibility of launching new flights from Kyiv or Ukrainian cities to Switzerland by the airline. Koinzack recalled that the flight between Zurich and Kyiv was resumed only a year ago and the number of passengers on this flights would be increased by 50%. Thus, the company needs some time to analyze results of such changes.
As reported, Swiss International Air Lines stopped performing direct flights between Kyiv and Zurich from October 1, 2014.
“The Zurich-Kyiv route did not come up to our expectations. The situation in Ukraine also played its role,” a representative of the airline, Sonja Ptaszek, said.
The airline resumed flights on this route from March 26, 2018.

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WIZZ AIR WILL LAUNCH FLIGHTS FROM KYIV TO LEIPZIG

Wizz Air, one of the largest European low-cost airlines, will start flights from Kyiv to Leipzig from July 5, 2019, which will become the tenth city in Germany to which the air carrier will fly from Kyiv.
According to a press release of Wizz Air, flights in this direction will be performed twice a week on Mondays and Fridays.
With the launch of this flight, the total number of destinations to which Wizz Air flies from Ukraine will reach 45 in 13 countries, in particular 29 from Kyiv.
The report says since the beginning of this year the airline has transported about 450,000 passengers on its flights to/from Ukraine, which is more than 80% more than in the same period last year and, according to its data, makes Wizz Air the largest low-cost carrier in Ukraine.
In total, Wizz Air offers flights on more than 650 routes from 25 bases, connecting 146 destinations in 44 countries. The airline’s fleet consists of 109 Airbus aircraft. Last year the airline carried 34 million passengers.

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WIZZ AIR WILL LAUNCH FLIGHTS FROM KRAKOW TO KHARKIV

The Hungarian low-cost air carrier Wizz Air will launch flights from Krakow (Poland) to Kharkiv a month and a half earlier, from August 2, 2019 (previously planned from September 16), according to the airline’s booking system.
Kharkiv-Krakow flights will be carried out on Mondays and Fridays (departure to Krakow at 17:35, back at 14:05 local time).
As reported, Wizz Air is considering the possibility of resuming the work of the Ukrainian subsidiary Wizz Air Ukraine in 2019, and also plans to invest $2.5 billion by 2025 to increase the Ukrainian fleet to 20 new Airbus A320 and Airbus A321 aircraft.
Wizz Air, the largest low-cost carrier in Central and Eastern Europe, offers flights on more than 600 routes from 27 bases, connecting 145 destinations in 44 countries. The airline’s fleet consists of 89 Airbus A320 and Airbus A321 aircraft.

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