The state will pay compensation to Ukrainian airlines for the evacuation charter flights that they performed after the government stopped passenger air transportation due to spread of coronavirus. This was stated in an interview with Channel 24 by the Minister of Infrastructure Vladyslav Krykliy.
“They were forced to fly empty in one direction, taking people, for example, from Egypt. This is a loss-making flight, so we made such a decision earlier at a government meeting. Now we are awaiting detailed calculations from air carriers to provide them with subsidies, and these compensations will help them to function until the moment of resumption of air traffic," he said.
According to Krykliy, all Ukrainian airlines requested assistance from the authorities, including UIA, SkyUp, Windrose, Azur Air Ukraine, but the Ministry of Infrastructure does not intend to provide exclusive conditions to any Ukrainian air carrier.
As previously stated by the minister, public transport will resume work in Ukraine no earlier than June and only after the Cabinet of Ministers begins to lift quarantine restrictions.
“When the wave goes down, then we can resume the work of public transport so that it works stably,” he said.
He added that even after this, the mask regime will remain mandatory in public transport.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that the weakening of lockdown in Ukraine could take place in May. Then, probably, the restrictions for public transport will be softened.
Resuming the public transport movement in Ukraine depends on the rate of morbidity and fatalities caused by coronavirus. Infrastructure Minister Vladyslav Krykliy said so earlier to Obozrevatel news agency. According to him, if the rate of morbidity decreases, the restrictions for public trasnport movement will be gradually lifted, too; that includes underground.
"It is too soon to talk about certain terms. It's definitely no sooner than in May. I would forecast June or July", the Minister said.