The Ukraine International Airlines filed a few lawsuits insisting on cancelling the contract between Ryanair and Lviv airport, and expecting a 800,000 USD compensation from Ukraine’s Ministry of Infrastructure, due to the low-coast company’s sells of cheap tickets for October. They also demand to prohibit the Ministry of Infrastructure from assisting Ryanair. Volodymyr Omelyan, Ukraine’s Minister of Infrastructure, posted the file on his Facebook page.
“The Ukraine International Airlines are doing everything in their power to not allow low-cost airlines into Ukraine, and give Ukrainians an opportunity to fly ten times cheaper around Europe and the whole World, increase the number of tourists coming to Ukraine,” he commented on the issue.
Thus, the first lawsuit includes a demand to compensate them 800,000 USD. According to the lawsuit, the UIA reduced prices for their flights in order to “save traffic”, as Ryanair, intending to enter the Ukrainian market, started selling their tickets for flights from Ukraine.
The UIA also filed a lawsuit to the Ministry of Infrastructure, demanding to prohibit their “actions on providing, assisting in providing, inducing to provide benefits for Ryanair airline, not available to the UIA”.
As it was reported earlier, Ryanair canceled the planned entry into the Ukrainian market on July 10. The company noted that Boryspil took the side of the airlines with the high tariffs, including the International Airlines of Ukraine. The Director General of Boryspil Pavlo Ryabikin airport accused Ryanair in the political pressure to sign the contract. According to him, Boryspil can meet with losses in the sum of 77 million of dollars in the result of Ryanair's ultimatum.
The Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Volodymyr Omelyan claimed that the management of Boryspil intentionally crumbed the deal with Ryanair. The minister will introduce the submission on dismissing of the director of the Boryspil airport Pavlo Ryabikin for the consideration of the Parliament. Later on, Lviv airport signed its own deal with Ryanair.