Open Skies Agreement with EU: What happens to ticket prices

Source : 112 Ukraine

Open Skies Agreement between Ukraine and the EU will help reduce the cost of air tickets
21:31, 29 June 2021

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Ukraine's accession to the Aviation Agreement with the European Union will positively impact expanding the geography of travel and reducing the cost of air tickets for Ukrainian citizens. The Chairman of the board of directors of Ihor Sikorsky International Airport Denys Kostrzhevsky stated this, as the press service of the department reports.

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"Signing the agreement is beneficial for Ukrainians, as in the first stage it will lead to lower ticket prices and expansion of routes," Kostrzhevsky said.

However, in his opinion, the development of the Ukrainian air carrier, which will not be able to compete with the European one, should remain a priority.

At the same time, Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) noted that today Ukrainian airlines have no problems obtaining permits to fly to European countries. And the advantages for Ukrainian carriers could be given by "guaranteed convenient slots at key airports in Europe and the right to operate flights between European countries."

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As it was reported earlier, the Council of the European Union approved the signing of an Open Skies agreement with Ukraine, Armenia, and Tunisia. The EU assured that these agreements will open up the air transportation market, offering new opportunities for both consumers and operators. Through more efficient connections, they will contribute to trade, tourism, investment, and economic and social development.

The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky stated that this agreement will allow Ukrainians to get cheaper tickets and expand the geography of travel.

Later, the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmygal stated that an Agreement on Open Skies between Ukraine and the European Union may be signed in the fall.

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