There is a thing or two that needs explanation when it comes to the scandal involving Ryanair and its intentions not to come to Ukrainian market; Volodymyr Omelyan, the infrastructure minister of Ukraine posted that on Facebook.
The official shared his comments on the situation, some of which 112 International quotes as follows:
‘There's been a lot of emotional discussion around Ryanair's decision but very little deep understanding of the situation. Let me explain.
- Negotiations with Ryanair lasted over 5 years. When Yanukovych was president, there was no real discussion of Ryanair's entry - the only things discussed were far-off plans.
- We were able to convince Ryanair that Ukraine has changed, that no one will be looking for kickbacks, and that large international businesses can feel comfortable here - that they can work honestly. Come on over, give it a chance.
- Regarding Ryanair's demands. No top-level, world-scale business has any intention of doing charity work in Ukraine. Businesses make money. That's what they are for. The reason why Ryanair is the largest and cheapest airline in Europe is its ability to fight for optimal conditions. Boryspil had no right to make them public, for starters. The leak of this information was done on purpose, to get Ryanair to leave and never look back. Second: Ryanair has a base agreement and additional agreements. The additional agreements held the lion's share of the published demands, and these were still open to negotiation. Lviv signed the base agreement, everyone left the table happy. This is how negotiations work: each side, basically, writes 3 demands that it won't bend on and 7 that it can get rid of during the negotiations. Third: if there are no cheap rates, there are no cheap tickets. The airport will make more money than it currently is thanks to an increased volume of passengers and a larger portion of non-aviation profits.
- Regarding the publicity around the process. Ryanair's entry into Ukraine required a high level of publicity because that was the only way we could have gotten them here. Without that, UIA and other players would have simply prevented Ryanair from even getting close to Ukraine. Even the pressure on Boryspil was public - an official press release - and it helped people see and understand who's on what side.
- I'm convinced that Ryanair can and should be in Ukraine. The issue is that a single minister can't make it happen. If there is a government in Ukraine, then it better start behaving like one. It's completely ridiculous to have the head of Boryspil airport decide where Ukrainians can and can't fly.
- And finally, Ryanair is like a big fish that likes its clear water. If Ryanair comes, so will other world-class giants. If it won't, then we have to be honest with ourselves and accept that we live in a swamp that you can splash in but can't live in. And realize that, like with any other swamp, we will be avoided at all costs’.
Recently, Ryanair said they would not operate their flights to and from Ukraine; initially, the air carrier and the Boryspil international airport agreed that the flights would be operated already this autumn. The Ireland-based air company changed their mind on working in Ukraine when Boryspil airport failed to fulfill the agreement.