Ukraine from Monday, November 1, joined the Eurocontrol joint route charge system, which became the final stage of the incorporation of European practices in the field of air navigation and made it possible to introduce a European system of interaction in the air navigation sector in Ukraine, the press service of the Ukrainian State Air Traffic Services Enterprise (UkSATSE) has said.
“Ukrainian air navigation is now fully integrated into the pan-European system. The process that lasted 17 years has finally come to an end. It covered the large-scale adaptation of Ukrainian air navigation to modern world standards and technical procedures. This is a step forward to improve interaction between the state and business,” Minister of Infrastructure Oleksandr Kubrakov said.
According to him, the new system for setting rates and payments for air navigation services is transparent, understandable and convenient for airlines to use. At the same time, it becomes impossible to accumulate debts of air carriers for using UkSATSE services.
UkSATSE notes that now the collection of fees for air navigation services on the route in the airspace of Ukraine from Ukrainian and foreign airlines will be carried out through the Central Route Charges Office of Eurocontrol (CRCO).
“Technical integration gives concrete advantages to each participant of the aviation market. For airlines it is an open and standardized process of setting rates, their annual updating and convenient payment of bills. For UkSATSE it is a full coverage of its own expenses at the expense of rates and a guarantee of their full payment by airlines. For Ukraine – it is a certificate of the inflexibility of the European integration course in foreign policy,” Head of UkSATSE Andriy Yarmak said.
The first container train on the China-Kazakhstan-Russia-Belarus-Ukraine new route, which delivered 41 containers with refrigeration equipment, has arrived in Ukraine.
The press service of Ukrzaliznytsia said on Thursday morning that the train had been on the way for 19 days.
Work is underway on the frequency of the train running once a week. “If there is sufficient cargo, the frequency of running will be increased and the train will run according to a clear schedule,” the press service said.
Work on the route’s capacity filling continues, “especially in the direction of receiving subsidies from China for cargo, so that the conditions of cargo transportation are economically attractive for carriers.”
In addition, Ukrzaliznytsia is developing an online service to enable customers to order a container seat on a train and pay for the service online, similar to purchasing tickets for passenger trains.
Ukrzaliznytsia recalled that direct container trains from China to Ukraine began to run on the territory of four countries from June 8, 2020. During this time, 13 trains have already arrived.
Container traffic accounts for 2.3% of the total volume of cargo transportation by rail in Ukraine. Currently, 36 container trains organized by Ukrzaliznytsia run on a regular basis across Ukraine.
JSC Ukrzaliznytsia (Kyiv) and Polish Railways will launch a new international transfer route Lviv-Berlin (Germany) from December 15, 2019, the press service of Ukrzaliznytsia has reported with reference to head of the company Yevhen Kravtsov.
“Together with our Polish colleagues, we agreed to organize the so called Lviv-Berlin interchange route. Therefore, Ukrainians will be able to travel to Germany with only one convenient transfer, and we expect tourists from this country. This trip will take a little more than 18 hours,” Kravtsov said.
According to Ukrzaliznytsia, passengers traveling to Germany will be able to use train No. 89/90 Lviv-Przemysl and at the terminal station make a convenient transfer to train No. EC/EN 456/457 Przemysl-Berlin.
So, train No. 89 will leave Lviv at 16:20 and arrive in Przemysl at 18:19, then transfer to train No. EC/EN 456 Przemysl-Berlin, which leaves Przemysl at 19:57 and arrives in Berlin at 09:48.
On the way back, train No. EC/EN 457 Berlin-Przemysl leaves Berlin at 18:43 and arrives in Przemysl at 08:38. After that transfer to train No. 90 Przemysl-Lviv with departure from Przemysl at 10:18, arrival in Lviv at 13:45.
Train No. EC/EN 456/457 Przemysl-Berlin will also stop in Krakow, Katowice, Opole, Wroclaw (all Poland) and Frankfurt an der Oder (Germany).
In the ten months of 2019, Ukrzaliznytsia transported almost 479,000 passengers to European countries, which is 55,600 more than in the corresponding period last year.
Air Moldova will resume flights on the route Chisinau-Kyiv from August 1 of this year, according to a press release from Boryspil International Airport. Kyiv-Chisinau flights will be carried out six times a week (except for Saturday) with departure from Kyiv at 17:10, and starting from September 22 daily. The route will be serviced by Airbus A319 aircraft with 134 seats and Embraer E190 with 111 seats. Business and economy class seats, board meals and free registration will be available for passengers.
In general, the airline serves 28 routes in Europe and the Middle East.
As reported, in July this year Moldova put Air Moldova on sale. Earlier, Air Moldova started flights from Chisinau to Kyiv and Odesa on October 26, 2015. Air Moldova is the national carrier of Moldova, based at Chisinau International Airport. It has a fleet of Embraer 190 and Airbus 320 aircraft.