Ireland’s low cost airline Ryanair on Monday serviced the first Kharkiv-Krakow flight, Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan has said.
“It is time for Kharkiv. Today, the first Kharkiv-Krakow flight by to Europe’s number one low-cost airline was made,” Omelyan wrote on his Facebook page.
According to him, the cost of tickets will start from EUR 12.
In addition, according to the minister, on June 19, Ryanair is expected in Odesa.
The Kharkiv international airport is holding the negotiations with Ireland’s low cost airline Ryanair on the launch of flights to Germany, Poland and the Mediterranean countries, Commercial Director of the airport Vladyslav Illin has said in an interview with the V Otpusk publication. “Regarding negotiations with Ryanair, the priority is to start flights to Germany and Poland. Kharkiv, as a market for new destinations, is somewhat similar to Kyiv and to some extent to Lviv in terms of business and family ties with these countries,” he said.
Also, according to Illin, among the countries where Ryanair could fly from Kharkiv, apart from Germany and Poland, I would like to see the Baltic states.
“I think that there is a great potential for the development of flights to Lithuania and Latvia. Passengers from Kharkiv fly less to Estonia. We also discuss flights to the Mediterranean countries with Ryanair. But these plans can only be realized from summer 2020. Indeed, flights to Germany and Poland are less subject to seasonality, “- he said.
At the same time, Illin said that the chance that Ryanair will fly from Kharkiv in the summer time is not great, since almost all aircraft have already used in loading the summer schedule of the airline.
Also, according to the commercial director of the Kharkiv airport, this year the Hungarian low-cost Wizz Air also plans to open new destinations from Kharkiv.
“Also, as in the case of Ryanair, we are discussing with Wizz Air, first of all, the opening of new flights to Germany. In general, in negotiations with Ryanair and Wizz Air, we consider it a priority to open new flights to Germany,” he said.
Brussels Airlines, the subsidiary of Deutsche Lufthansa Group, will start flying to Kyiv from October 17, 2018, Lufthansa General Manager for Ukraine, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan Rene Koinzack said at a press conference in Kyiv on Wednesday. “The first flights will be on October 17. Brussels and the capital of Ukraine will be connected, which is very important for us,” he said.
Koinzack said that Brussels Airlines also fly to Africa, which creates additional opportunities for Ukrainians.
Lufthansa Group in the field of passenger air transportation, along with the same name brand, includes Austrian Airlines, Swiss Airlines, Eurowings (including Germanwings) and Brussels Airlines, as well as a share in Turkey’s SunExpress. In addition, the group includes logistics, technical and service companies.
Ryanair, the largest European low cost airline, on September 3 will launch the new flight – from Kyiv to Berlin (Schönefeld), the press service of the Boryspil international airport has told reporters. “On September 3, 2018 the Boryspil airport will launch the first flight of the Ryanair airline Kyiv-Borispil – Berlin-Schönefeld,” the airport said.
The airline will operate four flights a week on this route.
Taking into account the flight to Poland’s Bydgoszcz, Ryanair offers flights from Kyiv to six Polish cities and one destination each to Germany, Spain, Lithuania, Slovakia, Great Britain and Sweden, as well as two destinations from Lviv to Germany and Poland and one to the U.K.
Wizz Air to place its third plane in its base in Kyiv and will start flying from Kyiv to Lisbon, Tallinn and Berlin, and from Kharkiv to Katowice, the airline has said in a press release on the occasion of the celebration of the 10th anniversary of its operation in Ukraine.
“In 2018, the airline doubles its operations in Ukraine,” acting Corporate Relations Head at Wizz Air Sorina Ratz said.
In addition, the airline will increase the weekly frequency of flights to seven popular destinations, adding a total of 24 flights a week.
Placement of the third airbus A320 in Kyiv, according to the airline, will create 100 jobs.
Flights Kyiv-Lisbon will be serviced on Tuesdays and Saturdays from June 21.
Flights Kyiv-Tallinn will be serviced on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from June 21.
Flights Kyiv-Berlin will be serviced daily from July 1, and flights Kharkiv-Katowice – on Wednesdays and Sundays from June 20.
Hungary’s low cost airline Wizz Air is expanding its flight network from Kyiv, boosting the total number of destinations from 21 to 23. According to the booking system of the airline, the new flights are scheduled for Vienna, Berlin and Frankfurt on the Main, although WizzAir would not fly to Frankfurt-Hahn. Wizz Air Executive Vice President and Deputy Chief Executive Officer Stephen Jones said at a press conference in Kyiv on Friday that last year the airline carried around 30 million passengers, and in 2018 it plans to carry 35 million passengers using 100 planes. “Our fleet consists of 96 Airbus aircraft, the 100th will come in June this year. We have about 4,000 employees. We have 28 bases in 16 countries, and the next base will be opened in Vienna,” he said.
With regard to Ukrainian flights, Stevens said that in Frankfurt the company will fly to the main airport, going from the Frankfurt-Hahn airport.
According to the booking system, it is planned that flights to Frankfurt and Berlin (Schoenefeld) will be launched from July 1, and first two week will be made four times a week, and then on a daily basis. The flights to Vienna will start from the winter navigation schedule at the end of October and will be serviced daily. He recalled that the airline will expand the fleet in the base in Kyiv from two to three aircraft, which will add $100 of investment and create about 100 jobs in the crew and support staff.
Kyiv International Airport (Zhuliany) is located in the business center of the capital, seven km from the city center. It is the second largest airport in Ukraine in terms of the number of flights and passenger traffic. The airport has three terminals with a total area is 21,000 square meters. Terminal B is separate facility for business-class service, it is part of the Fixed Base Operator (FBO) system. The airport’s runway is able to handle B-737 and A-320 aircraft.
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