Ukraine's largest low cost carrier Ryanair will launch flights to Lviv International Danylo Halytskyi airport. As reported by Censor.NET, this was announced by Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelian in an interview to Ekonomichna Pravda.
"Airlines are willing to enter the market immediately, but with 'open skies.' There is economic evaluation for it, there is desire of the European airlines, but we lack a political decision by Brussels," Omelian noted.
The minister will hold talks with Ryanair representatives on July 20.
"We will talk to them, they are willing to enter the Ukrainian market, but sadly, Ukraine has no 'open skies' with the EU. Technically, it's a big problem, because despite having bilateral agreements with certain EU members, we have a situation when they have to be appointed carriers of the host state," Omelian added.
The minister noted that Ryanair is not willing to register as a Ukrainian member airline due to some National Bank of Ukraine's restrictions on currency earnings.
"Speaking of their entry [to the market], it will be 2017 and a huge breakthrough. For this is a carrier that changes the philosophy of the market, offers a new model of operations, and I think it will be a huge step forward for UIA [Ukraine's monopolist air carrier - ed.] as well," Omelian stressed.
He added that more meetings with other companies that might eventually fly to Ukraine are scheduled for next week.