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KYIV AIRPORT REDUCES PASSENGER TRAFFIC BY 70% IN 2020

Passenger traffic at Kyiv Sikorsky International Airport in January-September 2020 amounted to 600,600 passengers, which is 70.1% less than in the same period in 2019.
According to the airport’s website, the number of passengers served on international flights amounted to 589,500, on domestic flights some 11,100.
The number of flights in January-September 2020 amounted to 9,800 for arrivals and departures, which is 53.9% less than the same period in 2019, of which international flights amounted to 7,820, domestic to 1,980.
The most popular international destinations since the beginning of 2020 are Minsk (Belarus), Warsaw (Poland), Vienna (Austria), Berlin (Germany), London (the UK), Memmingen and Dortmund (Germany), and domestic are Zaporizhia, Dnipro and Odesa.
In September 2020, the airport served 51,100 passengers, which is 66.8% less than in September 2019. The number of passengers served on international flights is 49,100, on domestic flights some 2,000 passengers.
The number of flights in September 2020 amounted to 1,285 for arrival and departure, which is 19.7% less than in the same period in 2019, of which 945 international flights, and 340 domestic flights.

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A MASS CELEBRATION OF THE INTERCESSION OF THE THEOTOKOS (UKRAINIAN: POKROVA) WILL TAKE PLACE NEAR KYIV

On October, 14, 17 and 18 near Kyiv, in the «Kyivan Rus Park» a large-scale and spectacular celebration of Pokrova and the Defender of Ukraine Day will take place.
The wonderful medieval architecture and, in addition, an entertaining program, museums, master-classes and amusements will be waiting for the guests of Ancient Kyiv.
The action will start with the solemn parade of the flags of the Kyivan Rus princes, horse lava and the appearance of the Kyivan prince Volodymyr the Great himself. The guests will be invited to take part in the solemn procession to the st. Basyl’s church, the reconstructed wooden temple of the Х century.
The program will continue with theatrical stagings on the Kyivan Rus theme, the performances of the horse-trick theatre, and demonstrative fights of the princely druzhinniks and also the competitions of the horseback archers.
Till the very evening the guests will be surprised with the medieval amusements. The guests will get a chance not only to observe the action but to take part in it by participating in merry games and competitions, games and fiery round dances.
The event will be carried out in accordance with the quarantine measures.
Ancient Kyiv opens at 10:00. The program starts at 13:30.
The ticket price: a full adult ticket – 225 UAH, for pensioners and students – 150 UAH, for schoolchildren – 80 UAH, for preschool children – for free.
Ancient Kyiv in the «Kyivan Rus Park» is located in Kyiv region, Obukhiv district, the vill. Kopachiv.
Details on the website www.parkkyivrus.com
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SKYUP TO OPERATE TWO FLIGHTS KYIV-TASHKENT-KYIV

SkyUp (Kyiv) will operate two nonscheduled flights on the Kyiv- Tashkent (Uzbekistan)-Kyiv route on October 15 and October 29, 2020.
The airline’s press service said on Friday that tickets are available for a price of UAH 8,400 one way. People can buy them on the official website of the company in the All Flights – Special Flights section.
The airline said that from October 1, 2020, to enter Uzbekistan, it is necessary to have a negative PCR test done no later than 72 hours before arrival in the country.

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WINDROSE LAUNCHES FLIGHTS FROM KYIV TO LJUBLJANA

Windrose Airlines (Kyiv) will start operating flights on the Kyiv-Ljubljana route from Boryspil International Airport (Kyiv region) from October 24.
The flights will be operated twice a week on board Embraer-145 and ATR72-600 aircraft, the company’s press service said.
In addition, Windrose offers transit to Ljubljana from Lviv, Kharkiv, Dnipro and Odesa.
The company notes that from October 1, Ukrainians can cross the border with Slovenia without observing a ten-day self-isolation period if there is a negative PCR test for COVID-19, made no earlier than 48 hours.
Windrose was founded in 2003. In 2007, it received an operator certificate and began to perform regular and charter flights under the Windrose Airlines brand.
In 2019, Windrose carried 1.4 million passengers with an average of 28 daily flights.

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SKYUP LAUNCHES FLIGHTS FROM KYIV TO KAYSERI (TURKEY)

SkyUp Airlines (Kyiv) will launch flights from Kyiv to Kayseri (Turkey) from December 27, 2020.
The airline’s press service said on Thursday that the flights will be operated twice a week: on Thursdays and Sundays.
The round-trip will cost at least UAH 5,400 without luggage. The duration of the trip is any of the passenger’s choice.
As reported, SkyUp will launch the Kyiv-Sofia (Bulgaria)-Kyiv flight for the period from December 23, 2020 to January 30, 2021.

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UKRAINE INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES TO START OPERATING KYIV-NEW YORK FLIGHTS IN SPRING 2021

Ukraine International Airlines (UIA, Kyiv) has postponed the launch of Kyiv-New York flights to the end of the low winter season 2020-2021.
“This decision is due to objective circumstances. Long-haul flights is planned in advance. All current changes in the market and forecast of their impact on the future are taken into account,” the airline’s press service said on Friday.
UIA said that the revision of Ukraine’s GDP recovery in 2020 and 2021 due to the negative impact of the pandemic on the country’s economy; deterioration of the epidemiological situation in Eastern European countries, Israel; as well as a significant deterioration of the political situation in the Caucasus, which led to the cancellation of flights to Yerevan, Baku, Tbilisi, which were supposed to provide a transit flow through Kyiv to the United States, negatively affected the forecasts for the launch of flights to New York.
“The combination of these factors, leading to a decrease in both direct traffic from Ukraine to New York and transit traffic to the United States, became the reason for revising the feasibility of restoring a direct Kyiv-New York flight in 2020,” the airline said.
UIA said that they continue planning flights based solely on object.

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