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GERMANY’S LOW COST BUS OPERATOR FLIXBUS STARTS COOPERATION IN UKRAINE

Germany’s low cost bus operator FlixBus (Berlin) has signed an agreement of cooperation in Ukraine with Gunsel company, according to which starting from August 19, 2019 three joint bus lines will be serviced, FlixBus Managing Director in Poland and Ukraine Michal Leman and Gunsel Group General Manager Kocak said at a press conference in Kyiv on Tuesday, an Interfax-Ukraine correspondent has reported.
Leman said that, in particular, in cooperation with Gunsel, the following lines will be added to the FlixBus network: Kyiv-Warsaw (via Lublin, daily), Kyiv-Wroclaw (via Zhytomyr, Rivne, Lviv, Krakow, Katowice, three times a week), Kyiv-Prague (via Zhytomyr, Rivne, Lviv and Hradec Králové, three times a week).
“The new lines that will be added to our network will allow Ukrainian FlixBus passengers to get access to several hundred of our European destinations, thanks to transfers that can be made at FlixBus hubs in Warsaw, Krakow, Wroclaw and Prague,” Leman said.
He added that currently FlixBus services five routes from Kyiv in conjunction with the Euroclub company (Berlin, Vienna, Budapest, Krakow and Paris). At the same time, FlixBus plans to open routes from Odesa, Kharkiv and Dnipro by the end of 2019.
“I am very glad that today the Ukrainian company Gunsel became a FlixBus partner in Ukraine. This is only the beginning of the journey… I had a conversation yesterday with the new governor of Kyiv region, Mykhailo Bno-Airiian, and he is very interested in meeting with FlixBus and launching internal trips in Kyiv region. I am interested to hold a meeting of your office [FlixBus] with Kyiv carriers,” Infrastructure Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Omelyan said at the press conference.

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FLIXBUS LOW COST SERVICE OPENS OFFICE IN UKRAINE

FlixBus low cost service (Berlin, Germany) is expanding its presence in Ukraine with opening of its representative office in the country.
“I am very pleased that after several months of planning and preparation, we can finally announce our further development plans in Ukraine. FlixBus is now officially registered in Ukraine and has a team in Kyiv, it pays taxes to the local budget,” FlixBus Managing Director in Poland and Ukraine Michal Leman said at a press conference in Kyiv on Tuesday.
He said that the main routes of the company are routes to Poland, Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary.
Currently, trips are made only from Kyiv. However, until the end of 2019, the company plans to launch trips from Kharkiv, Dnipro, Odesa and Lviv. In addition, FlixBus intends to launch domestic trips in Ukraine by the end of this period.
“We are now negotiating with our partners. We are looking which lines will develop more actively. We will ask our partner if he has an opportunity of providing buses and drivers,” Lehman said answering a question ofInterfax-Ukraine.
According to the company, the cost of tickets (at a promotional price) starts from EUR 5. You can buy a ticket in the application and on the website of the company.
FlixBus began operating its first trips from Ukraine in 2017. As of June 2019, the company provides Ukraine with daily connections to Germany, Hungary, Poland and Austria. The routes are serviced by the bus partner of FlixBus – the Euroclub company.

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