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.
Ukraine International Airlines (UIA, Kyiv) will operate special flights to New York and Miami (the United States).
According to the press service of the company on Wednesday, July 29, in particular, flights to New York are scheduled for August 3 and August 7 at 11:25, and in Miami for August 5 at 13:00. Flights from New York to Kyiv will be operated on August 3 and August 7 at 17:45, from Miami to Kyiv on August 5 at 23:55 local time.
The airline said that Ukrainians are allowed to enter the United States, subject to 14 days of self-isolation and no visits to the EU countries, Great Britain, Ireland, China, Brazil and Iran over the past 14 days. Passengers from the above countries are prohibited from entering the United States.
In addition, the airline said that travel on these flights will be possible exclusively in economy class. Dogs from 6 to 12 months old are accepted for carriage at the rate of one animal per passenger.
One more commercial special flight to Ukraine was done on May 26 to bring Ukrainian citizens home during the quarantine.
“Another 277 citizens come back home from the United States. A special commercial plane brought people from New York. This is the ninth special flight organized by Ukraine during the quarantine,” Embassy of Ukraine in the United States reported on Facebook.