The most long-awaited news in the air sphere for Ukraine was the intention of the major European low-cost Ryanair Air Company to enter the Ukrainian market in 2017. The great perspectives of the Ukrainian aviation industry were discussed but later the low-cost air company canceled the plans due to the disagreements with the Boryspil Airport. However, the country authorities express the hope to manage the situation.
Meanwhile, another prominent air company Wizz Air from Hungary actively broads the routing network. It started the flight to the Berlin-Schönefeld this June and it is going to open three new flights from Kyiv to the Polish cities Poznan, Lublin and to the Frankfurt-Hahn Airport that is situated in 120 kilometers from Frankfurt and Luxemburg. Also, it will start the flights from Kyiv to Nuremberg and Copenhagen this summer. The tickets’ cost starts from 16.8 dollars and depends on the flight date.
Also, the Hungarian low-coster set up a record of the charge at Kyiv flights. Zhulyany Airpot (Kyiv) reported that the air company set the record on the maximal charge of the airplane in first 13 days of the August: 70 flights took place in the average charge of 170 passengers per flight.
The Azerbaijani Air Company Buta Airways plans to begin the work in autumn and started the sale of the tickets for the flight Kyiv-Baku. The flights will begin to operate since September 5 from the International Zhulyany Airpot twice a week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The cost of the ticket will be 30 dollars in one way including the fee.
Moreover, the start of the flights of the Italian low-cost Air Company Ernest Airlines is expected in September 2017. The carrier will open the flights from Lviv to Milan on Fridays and Sundays. The supposed date is September 22. According to Lviv Airport, the Ernest Airlines plan to start the flights to Venetia, Napoli in December and to Sardinia, Verona and Parma in summer 2018.
The mass media reported that the Turkish low-cost Air Company Pegasus Airlines submitted the documents to the State Air Service for registration in the capacity of the Ukrainian air company. However, the Ministry of Infrastructure disapproved this information. At the moment Pegasus operates the flights from the Kyiv, Kharkiv, Lviv, Odessa and Zaporizhya airports offering quite low-cost tariffs. For example, the price of the ticket for the flights Kyiv-Ankara starts from 35 dollars.
It is a matter of the interest that two low-cost companies decided to start the flights from Ukraine to Portugal at one time. Wizz Air announced the opening of the flight Kyiv-Lisbon in April 2018 and it should be the one and only through service between the capitals of Ukraine and Portugal. However, the Lithuanian Air Company airBaltic decided to outrun Wizz Air and announced the start of the flight to Portugal in March 2018. The flight will take place with the transfer in Riga. The prices for the tickets start at 137 dollars and the time of the transfer is quite comfortable.
Also, the Ukrainians will start to use the German low-coster Eurowings Air Company that is the part of the Lufthansa Group Company. The low-coster considers the possibility of the flights Kyiv-Berlin and the opening of the flights to Düsseldorf in the future.
At the same time, the Qatar Airways claimed about the plans to start the flights from Ukraine. This company has the highest five-stars rating according to the British Agency Skytrax. The company will start the flights from Doha to Boryspil Airport since August 28, 2017. The Qatar Airways serves more than 150 directions along Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, South America and Oceania.