- Hi, friends - is it true that Aerosvit went bankrupt?
- No, it's just a joke we have been discussing for the past four days!
From Aerosvit website forum
Winter 2012-2013, will be long remembered by Ukrainians, first of all, by its unprecedented in scale transport collapse. As soon as always the first snow fall hit "unexpectedly", whole towns and highways were paralyzed by traffic. Frost and cold hit - and Kolesnikov's vaunted Hyundais helplessly froze on the tracks. New Year holidays passed and Ukrainians got a new challenge: flying back to Ukraine turned out to be just as hard as to fly out of it. But in the latter case the weather does not play any role. The situation around Aerosvit somehow touched hundreds of Ukrainians. As of December 27, 2012 the airline had debts to creditors in the amount of 4.27 billion hryvnia, and the Economic Court of Kyiv oblast began the bankruptcy procedure. Starting from the first days of the new year, hundreds of Ukrainians in different parts of the world were able to enjoy all the charm of the consequences of airline monopoly bankruptcy.
On the fourth of January Boryspil airport refused to serve flights of the company, but then the situation was partially resolved. Next - worse. Hundreds of Ukrainians have been abandoned in airports from New York to Stockholm, and Ho Chi Minh. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry had to intervene. Since January 5, Russian Aeroflot stopped selling tickets on codeshare flights with Aerosvit. Yesterday 17 Aerosvit flights were cancelled. This morning also started with the cancellation of flights to Yerevan and Prague. The flights of the airline from Kyiv to Baku and in Goa are delayed. However, several aircrafts of the companies of the company departed from Kyiv to Moscow in the morning. Unpleasant surprise from the carrier affected not only Ukrainians. Yesterday it was reported that several dozens of Jews, mostly - Hasidic could not leave from Kyiv to Israel. Several dozen Russian tourists cannot fly connecting flights from Budapest through Kyiv to Moscow. On the fifth day of the collapse Prime Minister Mykola Azarov could not stay away and said that there is a need to intervene. Responsible for the intervention he appointed Deputy Prime Minister Oleksandr Vilkul.
Most surprisingly in this environment of chaos is the way the company itself behaves. First AeroSvit stated that bankruptcy "is a part of the reform initiated in order to restore the operating efficiency and increase profitability." This was followed by no less absurd a statement: "The decision of airports and handling companies (on denial of servicing the flights) was caused by the distorted information in a number of Internet sites of the alleged Aerosvit bankruptcy." All this would be funny if it were not so sad. These disastrous results are the result of monopolizing the air transportation market. Moreover, the state promoted this state of affairs. In 2011, Boris Kolesnikov said that letting foreign airlines to Ukraine (low-cost) is unprofitable, because then Ukrainian airlines would be left with no work. However, he said that European airlines will receive free access to the Ukrainian market, as long as the EU abolishes visas to Ukrainians. The result is the biggest monopoly crumbles like a house of cards, and there is no alternative as such.
What is of great surprise is the fact that controlled by one of the richest Ukrainians Ihor Kolomoiskyy, has sunk into this deplorable financial condition. Thus, according to media reports, the bankruptcy of Aerosvit will be dealt by a person close to Privat group.
Certain piquancy was added by Borys Kolesnikov who uttered in June last year: "There is a lack of competition, ... 65% of the market has been monopolized in recent years by one group. So there is no real competition. I think by September this monopoly (Aerosvit) will feel the competition. I do not want to reveal all the cards, but the impact will be very significant, and for the benefit of the passengers." The current leadership stubbornly tries to drive into the brains of Ukrainians that "Donbass does not give empty promises." And that is why even such seemingly innocent words of the ex-Minister of Infrastructure are automatically treated with a certain degree of suspicion. Especially given the recent unexpected change of ownership of FC Metalist. Many football fans continue to believe that Yaroslavskyy was simply forced to sell the club. Where is the guarantee that something like this is not the case with Aerosvit?
In relatively distant 2010 Ihor Kolomoyskyy embracing Ihor Surkis were waving hello to "Boris Kolesnikov, the great aviator and reformer" into the camera. The post of the Great Aviator can now be a title which Kolesnikov and Kolomoyskyy are both very worthy of. Boris Kolesnikov left scorched earth in the transport sector: broken Hyundais and bankrupt monopoly Aerosvit without any alternatives.Based on the specific logic of the Regions one never knows whether they will sing that Boris Kolesnikov deserves an award. For Hyundai achievements of I degree.