Business news from Ukraine

KOVALSKA GROUP COMPLETES PURCHASE OF PRODUCTION IN LVIV

The Kovalska industrial and construction group has finalized a deal to acquire Rozvadov Construction Materials LLC (Rozvadov, Lviv region), which owns a production facility located on around 140 ha, for UAH 63 million, the press service of the group reported on Tuesday.
The facility includes sand and limestone quarries, shaft furnaces for calcining limestone and a sand-lime bricks plant.
Sand deposits in the sand pit are estimated at almost 10 million cubic meters, the planned production volumes are 400,000-500,000 tonnes per year. Sand will be used to make Siltek dry mortar.
In addition, Kovalska plans to build another Siltek plant in the next two years on the acquired site. In addition, sand mined at the site will be sold in Western Ukraine.
According to the group, the limestone deposit has deposits at the level of 6 million tonnes. “Annually, it is planned to extract 200,000 tonnes of limestone, which will be processed at our own facilities and sold at enterprises throughout the country,” the press service added.
At the same time, to improve the quality, the sand processing and limestone calcining lines will be modernized, modern equipment for its pollution-free processing will be installed.
The Kovalska industrial and construction group has been operating in the construction market of Ukraine since 1956. The company is a leading manufacturer of building materials, developer and builder of Ukraine. The group unites nine manufacturers of building materials, which are known in Ukraine under the brands Concrete by Kovalska, Avenu, Siltek, and Granite by Kovalska.

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PASSENGER TRAFFIC AT LVIV INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT INCREASES BY 38.8% IN 2019

Passenger traffic at Lviv International Airport in 2019 amounted to 2.217 million people, which is 38.8% more than in 2018, the company’s press service said on Facebook.
The number of flights in 2019 reached 18,963 (16,180 international and 2,783 domestic), which is 22.9% more than in 2018.
In December 2019, some 171,600 passengers used the airport services (151,400 on international flights, 20,200 on domestic flights), which is 32.4% more than in December 2018. At the same time, the number of flights last month increased by 10.9%, to 1,423 (1,178 international and 245 domestic).
As reported, Lviv Airport in 2018 increased passenger traffic by 48% compared to 2017, to 1.598 million people.
Lviv International Airport is located 6 km south of the city center.

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2.5 MLN TOURISTS VISIT LVIV IN 2019

Some 2.5 million tourists visited Lviv in 2019, which is 10% less than last year, the Tourism Department of Lviv City Council has reported. “Some 2.5 million tourists visited Lviv in 2019 and 37% of them were Ukrainian citizens,” reads the statement.
According to the Tourism Department, this figure is 10% lower than in 2018. However, the number of tourists from Poland who visited Lviv in 2019 increased by 2%, to 18.3%. Some 6.6% were tourists from Belarus, 6.2% – from Turkey, 5.4% – from Germany and 3% – from the UK.
Around 46% tourists traveled to Lviv by train, 30.8% – by airplane, 11.8% – by car and 11.6% – by bus.
“A tourist stayed in Lviv on the average for 3.8 days and spent around EUR 94 per day,” reads the statement.

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BUTA AIRWAYS STARTS FLYING FROM BAKU TO LVIV

Lviv International Airport has started serving the Azerbaijani low cost carrier Buta Airways, which made its first direct flight to Baku from Lviv. The airport’s press service said on its Facebook page the company will fly to Lviv during the winter season on Mondays and Thursdays. The minimum one-way rate is EUR 29.
Some 51 passengers arrived on the first flight, 64 passengers departed. The flight was carried out on board an Embraer 190 aircraft.
“This direction is not new for the airport. For several years it has been operated by the largest Azerbaijani carrier Azal Airlines. But these flights were stopped for the winter season. This year the airline decided to change its policy and transferred the flight to its subsidiary low cost company Buta Airways,” the report says.
Currently, Lviv Airport also serves such low cost airlines as WizzAir, Ryanair, Pegasus, Ernest, and SkyUp.
As reported, Lviv airport in 2018 increased passenger traffic by 48% compared to 2017, to 1.598 million people.

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IRISH LOW-COST RYANAIR LAUNCHES FLIGHTS FROM UKRAINIAN LVIV TO POZNAN

Irish-registered low-cost airline Ryanair (Dublin) is to launch flights from Lviv to Poznan (Poland) from April 1, 2020. Such flights will be operated twice a week – on Wednesdays and Sundays, according to information in the airline’s booking system. The price starts from EUR22.05 (one way).
As reported, with the summer flight schedule to be launched late in March 2020, Ryanair will cease operating flights from Kyiv to Nuremberg (Germany) and Skavsеa (100 km southwest of Stockholm, Sweden).
Ryanair daily carries out more than 2,000 flights to/from 236 airports. In the past financial year, the company transported 130.3 million passengers. Its fleet has 460 Boeing-737 aircraft.
The company entered the Ukrainian market in 2018.

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EBRD AND SWEDEN PLAN TO PROMOTE SOLID WASTE TREATMENT PROJECT IN LVIV

Тhe European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Sweden have issued funds for an information campaign to promote a solid waste treatment project in Lviv, for which the EBRD together with environmental funds allocated EUR35 million. “In Ukraine, more than 95% of solid waste is brought to landfills, 99% of which do not meet EU standards and carry environmental, safety and health risks. In Sweden, in 2018 less than 1% of solid waste was brought to landfills, and more than 99% was recycled,” Ambassador of Sweden Tobias Thyberg said during the official launch of the program in Kyiv.
Within the framework of the project, which is designed for three years, a number of Internet resources will be created, as well as events with mass media, the public and non-governmental organizations will be carried out. The communications agency Noblet Media CIS is implementing the project, and its cost is not disclosed.
“Today, garbage is an element of politics. I would like this issue to be outside of politics,” Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovy said.
According to him, after setting fire to the landfill in the Velyki Hrybovychi village, the city has been suffering a garbage blockade for almost two years, and the EBRD and other European partners came to the rescue first. The mayor noted that the city is very interested in the implementation of this project, since it annually has to spend UAH 300 million on garbage removal.

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