Ryanair may cancel flights from Ukraine ?!
UPD: On the evening of July 10, 2017, it became known that Ryanair is canceling flights from Ukraine.
In the fall of 2017, Ryanair low-cost airline was supposed to start flights from Ukraine – 11 flights from Kiev and Lvov. Negotiations with the airports were going on for some time, and at the end of April at a press conference in Kiev with Ryanair commercial director David O’Brien said that a long-awaited agreement had been reached between Ryanair and Boryspil airport.
And here’s some unexpected news: a press conference was held at which Pavel Ryabikin, director of Boryspil airport, announced that cooperation with Ryanair means huge losses, and therefore Boryspil airport cannot accept all the conditions of the Irish low-cost airline.
On his facebook page, Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Volodymyr Omelyan gave a detailed commentary on the current state of affairs, and said that it is quite possible that Ryanair will announce the cancellation of flights from Ukraine today.
Volodymyr Omelyan noted that a visa-free regime is an important step for Ukraine, the value of which is lost if travel remains inaccessible to most Ukrainians. The minister stressed that there is a presidential decree to increase the number of flights from Ukraine to European countries, the ministry received a decree to develop the Ukrainian air transportation market and airports, as well as to think over a competition mechanism that would exclude discrimination. At the same time, everything indicates that the Boryspil airport regards the arrival of Ryanair in Ukraine as a threat and in every possible way prevents it.
Most of all, this news worries travelers who have already bought tickets, because now all flights from Ukraine are not available in the Ryanair booking system:
It remains to be hoped that alternative ways of resolving the conflict will still be found, and Ryanair will return to its plans to start flights from Ukraine in 2017.
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We remind you that Qatar Airways also announced the start of flights from Ukraine, and several more low-cost airlines are expected to arrive by the end of 2017.