The Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine holds the negotiations with two more low-costers besides SkyUp about the entry into the Ukrainian market. Volodymyr Omelyan, the Minister of Infrastructure claimed this as Interfax-Ukraine reported.
‘We began the talks with three companies in the beginning of the year; I did not want to announce that there were three companies so we carefully began to talk about one agreement. The negotiations with other two companies continue but I am 80% sure that they will enter the Ukrainian market next year’, Omelyan said.
He emphasized that SkyUp will be completely Ukrainian while other will be with the Ukrainian controlling stake.
‘We talk about the company with 100% Ukrainian private fund SkyUp. Other two will contain 49% of the foreign fund and 51% of the Ukrainian fund to be able to perform the inner Ukrainian flights. They carefully analyze the market and it is the noticeable capital investments and they should feel protected by 100% and believe in the state’, Omelyan noted.
According to him, any of the low-costers will have the preferences at the Ukrainian market.
‘It is very important for us to make not only inner but also international flights in the format of the free competition. We do not want to create the preferences or the special conditions for anyone. The conditions will be equal for everyone. The competition should be’, the minister explained.
As we reported the newly created SkyUp air company will begin to operate in April 2018 and it plans to perform the international charter flights and open domestic and international flights.
In 2018, the charter flights of the Ukrainian air carrier will depart from Kyiv, Kharkiv, Lviv, Odesa and other Ukrainian cities. The international flights will be departing from Kyiv to Barcelona, Dubai and Larnaka, Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman, Sharm el-Sheikh, Hurghada, Tivat, Palma de Mallorca, Тенерифе, Alicante, Tirana, Rimini, Burgas, Varna. The sale of the ticket for the first flights will be open in March-April 2018.
The air company plans to serve about 650 000 Ukrainian in 2018.