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UKRAINE LAUNCHES TRAIN TO CONNECT VIENNA, BUDAPEST AND KIEV

JSC Ukrzaliznytsia is launching a Kiev-Vienna train since June, which will pass through the territory of Ukraine, Austria and Hungary, the Ukrzaliznytsia’s press service reported on Sunday.
The restoration of international railway traffic became possible with the assistance of the railway authorities of Austria and Hungary thanks to the stabilization of the situation with the coronavirus pandemic.
“The first train from Kiev to Vienna will start on June 1, so Ukrzaliznytsia passengers have a great opportunity to start their summer with a visit to Austria. In the future, the train will run daily according to the following schedule: it will depart from the Central Kiev Station at 02:07 pm, will pass through Budapest (arrival at 8:20 am) and arrive in Vienna at 11:21 am the next day. In the opposite direction (from June 2) the train will depart at 4:42 pm and arrive in Kiev at 5:22 pm the next day,” Ukrzaliznytsia said.
Tickets for the Kiev – Vienna train can be purchased at the international ticket offices of the stations.
“Passengers can find out up-to-date information on the rules for the entry of Ukrainian citizens into the territory of Austria and Hungary, as well as citizens of these countries in Ukraine, through the official sources of the embassies of Ukraine in Austria and Hungary and the embassies of these countries in Ukraine,” Ukrzaliznytsia said.

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AUSTRIAN AIRLINES LAUNCHES FLIGHTS FROM VIENNA TO ZAPORIZHIA

On the occasion of its first flight to Ukraine 30 years ago, the Austrian Airlines announced the launch of flights from Vienna to Zaporizhia from May 17 with a frequency of three times a week (round trip).
The press service of the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine said on Thursday that during the summer the company plans to increase the number of flights to daily.
It is noted that the flights will be operated on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from Vienna to Zaporizhia at 10:35 local time, and from Zaporizhia at 14:30.
At the same time, the airline will no longer offer the Vienna – Dnipro route due to its proximity to Zaporizhia.
“The development of regional airports and aviation remains our priority for the coming years. Over time, the pre-quarantined air traffic will recover, and we are preparing our airfields for active work. I am glad that one of the leading European airlines, Austrian Airlines, which is part of the Lufthansa concern, is opening a new flight in Zaporizhia. Kyiv, Lviv and Odesa are already included in the program. I am grateful to the local authorities of Zaporizhia and the airport management for the well-coordinated and fruitful work, and I wish the pilots and future passengers a cloudless sky and successful flights,” the press service quoted Minister of Infrastructure Vladyslav Krykliy as saying.

There are currently no direct flights on the Vienna – Zaporizhia – Vienna route.

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IRELAND’S LOW COST RYANAIR TO LAUNCH FLIGHTS FROM KHERSON TO VIENNA

Ireland’s low cost Ryanair to launch flights from Kherson to Vienna
Ireland’s low cost airline Ryanair (Dublin) from March 30, 2020 will launch direct flights from Kherson to Vienna (Austria).
In the airline’s booking system, the start of flights is announced on March 30.
Kherson-Vienna flights will be operated twice a week – on Mondays, departure from Kherson at 18:15 and on Fridays with departure at 21:50.
Travel time is 2 hours and 5 minutes.
The flights will be served by subsidiary of Ryanair – Lauda (formerly Laudamotion).
As reported, earlier Ryanair announced the start of flights from Kherson to Krakow (Poland).
Kherson became the fifth city in Ukraine, where the Irish low-cost airline operates.
In 2020, Ryanair intends to increase passenger traffic on Ukrainian flights by 33% to more than 2.1 million people.

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WIZZ AIR TO START FLYING FROM KYIV INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO VIENNA, BERLIN, FRANKFURT ON THE MAIN

Hungary’s low cost airline Wizz Air is expanding its flight network from Kyiv, boosting the total number of destinations from 21 to 23. According to the booking system of the airline, the new flights are scheduled for Vienna, Berlin and Frankfurt on the Main, although WizzAir would not fly to Frankfurt-Hahn. Wizz Air Executive Vice President and Deputy Chief Executive Officer Stephen Jones said at a press conference in Kyiv on Friday that last year the airline carried around 30 million passengers, and in 2018 it plans to carry 35 million passengers using 100 planes. “Our fleet consists of 96 Airbus aircraft, the 100th will come in June this year. We have about 4,000 employees. We have 28 bases in 16 countries, and the next base will be opened in Vienna,” he said.
With regard to Ukrainian flights, Stevens said that in Frankfurt the company will fly to the main airport, going from the Frankfurt-Hahn airport.
According to the booking system, it is planned that flights to Frankfurt and Berlin (Schoenefeld) will be launched from July 1, and first two week will be made four times a week, and then on a daily basis. The flights to Vienna will start from the winter navigation schedule at the end of October and will be serviced daily. He recalled that the airline will expand the fleet in the base in Kyiv from two to three aircraft, which will add $100 of investment and create about 100 jobs in the crew and support staff.
Kyiv International Airport (Zhuliany) is located in the business center of the capital, seven km from the city center. It is the second largest airport in Ukraine in terms of the number of flights and passenger traffic. The airport has three terminals with a total area is 21,000 square meters. Terminal B is separate facility for business-class service, it is part of the Fixed Base Operator (FBO) system. The airport’s runway is able to handle B-737 and A-320 aircraft.

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