Ryanair to fly to Ukraine from autumn

The low-cost airline Ryanair will launch flights to Ukraine from next autumn, Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan has said. Speaking in an interview with hromadske.ua last night, Omelyan said Ryanair would fly to Kiev Borispol airport and to Lvov (Lviv). A month ago, Omelyan said talks with Ryanair were close to completion. Ryanair has apparently changed its mind after cancelling its planned entry into the Ukrainian market last July. Ryanair then said that Borispol failed to honor earlier reached agreements. Borispol CEO Pavlo Ryabikin for his part said he could not accept certain conditions of Ryanair, which he claimed would make Borispol’s business unprofitable. Omelyan sided with Ryanair, claiming that Borispol was in cahoots with the local carrier Ukraine International Airlines.

Ukrainian citizens last June obtained the right to travel to the EU’s Schengen area and most other European countries, except the UK and Ireland, without visas for 90 days in any 180-day period. The visa waiver boosted passenger transportation, and Ukrainians have been using the new privilege to more actively look for jobs in the EU, not only for tourism and business purposes.

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