Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has arrived in Paris on a one-day official visit. In accordance with the program, upon arrival, the head of the Ukrainian state will visit the world’s largest startup campus Station F opened by French President Emmanuel Macron on June 29, 2017.
At about 15:30 local time Zelensky is to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron in the Elysee Palace. A joint press conference of the presidents is scheduled for 16:30.
Zelensky is also expected to visit the French Senate.
On Monday evening, the Ukrainian president will leave for Germany.
In addition to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Zelensky in Germany will also meet with President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
France’s Aigle Azur airline in 2019 plans to service 9-10% of passenger flow between Kyiv and Paris, which is around 16,000 passengers, Aigle Azur President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Frantz Yvelin has said at a press conference in Kyiv.
“I believe in the Ukrainian market and we have long term plans. In the future, we hope for more flights than three per week,” he said.
According to him, the airline counts on passenger traffic in the amount of about 16,000 passengers in 2019.
“About 160,000 passengers travel between Kyiv and Paris, and we expect to receive about 9-10% of this passenger traffic,” Yvelin said.
According to him, there is practically no competition among air carriers on the Kyiv-Paris route, which makes these destinations attractive for Aigle Azur.
The airline will operate flights between Paris-Orly and Kyiv-Boryspil airports three times a week: from Paris on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and from Kyiv on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. A one way trip will cost around EUR 74.
As reported, Aigle Azur airline will launch a direct flight between the airports of Paris-Orly and Kyiv-Boryspil from April 18, 2019.
At the moment, UIA and Air France operate direct flights to Paris from Kyiv.
Hungarian low-cost airline Wizz Air will soon start flights from Kyiv to Brussels-Charleroi and Paris-Beauvais Airports.
“Our newest added destinations of Wizz from Kyiv include: Dortmund, Memmingen (Munich West,) Brussels-Charleroi, Paris-Beauvais and Copenhagen,” says a message sent to the airline’s customers on Thursday.
At the same time, flights from Kyiv to Brussels-Charleroi and Paris-Beauvais are not currently shown in the booking system, while flights to Dortmund and Memmingen (Munich West) have been serviced by the company for several years, and those to Copenhagen since August 2017.
As reported, Wizz Air in January-May 2018 transported 425,000 passengers to/from Ukraine, which is almost twice as many as in the same period of 2017. “From Kyiv, we offer 1.3 million passenger seats this year, which is 79% up. And in total from Ukraine this year, we offer 1.67 million passenger seats,” Head of Corporate Communications at Wizz Air Sorina Ratz said late in June.