The Supreme Court of Ukraine supported the position of the Ukrainian State Air Traffic Services Enterprise (UkSATSE) to oblige Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) to conclude an agreement for the provision of air navigation services, which deprived the airline of the possibility of non-payment of debt for received services.
According to the press service of UkSATSE, on September 30, 2020, the Commercial Cassation Court within the Supreme Court of Ukraine refused to satisfy UIA’s cassation against the decision of the North (Pivnichny) Commercial Court of Appeal on the need to oblige the airline to conclude an agreement for the provision of air navigation services.
Earlier, the North Commercial Court of Appeal fully satisfied the appeal of UkSATSE against UIA on the settlement of disputes and the company’s obligation to conclude an appropriate agreement.
“Attempts of the debtor airline to appeal this decision to the Supreme Court today received a final decision, as a result of which it was declared the need to sign an agreement between Ukraine International Airlines and the Ukrainian State Air Traffic Services Enterprise for the provision of air navigation services and to determine a charging mechanism, which is standard for all Ukrainian airlines,” the company said.
As reported, the Economic Court of Kyiv region in August 2020 declared the absence of discriminatory terms of the UkSATSE service agreement in a dispute with UIA.
UIA filed a lawsuit against the discriminatory terms of the air navigation services agreement in the autumn of 2018.
Ukraine International Airlines (UIA, Kyiv) has decided to terminate the activities of structural divisions in Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Germany and Austria due to staff reductions.
This decision was made in connection with the reduction of the staff of UIA and the reduction in costs for representative offices, the company said in the information disclosure system of the National Securities and Stock Market Commission.
In particular, the UIA Supervisory Board decided to terminate the activities of UIA structural divisions in the Swiss Confederation, in the Kingdom of Spain, in the Italian Republic, in the Federal Republic of Germany and in the Republic of Austria.
As reported, UIA ceased operations of its divisions in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Belarus in September.
Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) performed 8,981 regular flights and 2,728 charter flights in January-September.
As noted in a message posted on the airline’s website on Tuesday, October 20, UIA continues to restore its flight network, despite epidemiological restrictions that have limited aviation operations.
During the period from January to September 2020, the airline performed 8,981 scheduled flights, 2,728 charter flights and carried 1.451 million passengers.
The number of passengers on UIA regular flights during this period amounted to 1.005 million, and on charter flights to 446,480.
“The percentage of transit for the nine months is 40% (taking into account all regular flights). The volume of cargo transportation (both on regular and charter flights) is 3,616 tonnes,” the report says.
In the first nine months of 2020, UIA serves 46 routes (including both regular and charter flights).
In September, the airline operated 466 regular and 772 charter flights, carried 171,713 passengers (of which 37,800 were on regular flights and 133,900 on charter flights).
The percentage of transit on airline flights in September 2020 amounted to 22%.
The volume of cargo transportation amounted to 176,263 tonnes.
UIA closely monitors the development of the epidemiological situation in each country to which it operates flights and declares its readiness to gradually restore the route network while improving epidemiological indicators and obtaining permits for flights.
Ukraine International Airlines (UIA), after the termination of restrictions for foreigners from October 1, offers passengers a number of connecting flights and is also adding new flights.
According to the press service of the company, in particular, new international flights are being launched: Kyiv-Brussels-Kyiv, Kyiv-Dusseldorf-Kyiv, Kyiv-London-Kyiv, Kyiv-Prague-Kyiv, Kyiv-Baku-Kyiv.
In addition, UIA offers connecting flights via Kyiv from Amsterdam, London, Paris, Brussels, Milan, Dusseldorf, Munich, Prague to Dubai, Cairo, Baku, Yerevan, Istanbul, Tel Aviv, and from Dubai, Cairo, Baku, Yerevan via Kyiv to Amsterdam, London, Paris, Brussels, Milan, Dusseldorf, Munich, Prague, Tel Aviv, Istanbul.
Flights are also offered from Tel Aviv and Istanbul via Kyiv to Amsterdam, London, Paris, Brussels, Milan, Dusseldorf, Munich, Prague, Amsterdam, Dubai, Yerevan, Baku.
Ukraine International Airlines (UIA, Kyiv) canceled flights on eight destinations, reduced their frequency on seven more destinations.
According to the airline’s website, as a result of such measures, UIA is forced to revise the flight schedule and significantly reduce them. Starting from September 14, the following flights will be completely canceled: Kyiv-Zaporizhia, Kyiv-Madrid, Kyiv-Barcelona, Kyiv-Geneva, Kyiv-Delhi, Kyiv-Berlin, Kyiv-Chisinau, and also Kyiv-Athens (except for two flights). Flights on the route Kyiv-Kherson will be canceled from September 20.
In addition, the airline reduced the frequency of flights on the following routes: Kyiv-Odesa, Kyiv-Paris, Kyiv-Dusseldorf, Kyiv-Brussels, Kyiv-Dubai, Kyiv-Istanbul, and Kyiv-Tel Aviv.
“We now have to make a decision on the airline’s plans for the coming days, without having enough time or enough information. Of course, we will wait for the publication of the Cabinet of Ministers resolution and make a decision to cancel flights, based on the content of the document. We are considering several options, including radical,” CEO of the airline Yevhen Dykhne said.
According to the airline, in the total current UIA passenger traffic, the percentage of foreigners transported is about 60%.
As of the middle of August, Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) transported 113,345 passengers and 390,185 tonnes of cargo since the resumption of flights in the middle of June.
“Starting from mid-June until mid-August, we carried out around 1,238 regular and charter flights, of which 86% departed on schedule,” UIA President Yevhen Dykhne said on Facebook.
He also recalled that in the first half of the year the UIA transported around 1 million passengers, while last year this index reached almost 4 million.
“This means that aviation in fact has to start from zero, and the interest and persistence of employees alone are worthy of attention,” Dykhne said.
He also said that the airline has a range of plans for autumn, adding that he expects the company’s results would only grow.
As reported, earlier the UIA reduced its August flight schedule due to the extension of a ban on entering the Schengen zone for Ukrainian citizens by the EU.