Ukraine’s infrastructure minister Volodymyr Omelyan has said that the institution is currently in talks with Europe’s largest low-cost airline Ryanair about launching flights from the city of Kherson in the south of the country to Europe, UNIAN reports.
“We are presently negotiating with Ryanair the launch of the air connection from the Kherson region, namely the city of Kherson,” Omelyan said at the “Prospect for the Development of State Policy regarding the Occupied Territories of Ukraine” conference held on 27 March 2018.
According to the ministry, this is going to be an effective tool in attracting those Ukrainians living in the Russian-occupied Crimea in order for them to come back to Ukraine, enjoy the low-cost air connection, visit European countries and then [help] return Crimea to Ukraine,” the minister said.
On 23 March, the largest airport in Ukraine, the state-owned Boryspil and the Danylo Halytskyi “Lviv” airport signed agreements to operate Ryanair flights. The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that Ryanair would launch 15 flights from Ukraine to cities across Europe in October 2018, with tickets as cheap as €10 and an average airfare as low as €40. According to the Chief Executive Officer of Ryanair Michael O’Leary, the corporation is in the middle of negotiating the introduction of flights from four airports in Ukraine, apart from Boryspil and Lviv.