Europe’s leading low-cost airline Ryanair will begin operating flights from Ukraine’s largest state-owned international airport Boryspil (Kyiv) and the Danylo Halytsky international airport (Lviv) in the fall of 2018, UNIAN reports.
Ukraine’s Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan says the official presentation of Ryanair’s flight timetable will be held in the upcoming weeks.
“Ryanair will launch flights in the fall of 2018 from the Boryspil and Lviv airports. I am confident it will happen,” the minister told Hromadske TV on February 12.
On 15 March, Ryanair announced the opening of 11 flights from Kyiv and Lviv, beginning on 30 October 2017. On 10 July, Boryspil airport CEO Pavlo Ryabikin said that signing an agreement with Ryanair would lead to the enterprise receiving $74 million less in annual profits.
According to Ryabikin, the agreement with Ryanair would, therefore, be financially unattractive for the enterprise and refused to sign it unless the company’s requirements were taken into account.
On 10 July, Ryanair announced the firm’s withdrawal from the Ukrainian market due to non-compliance by Boryspil officials with agreements previously concluded with the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine.