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Post by RyanairBristol » 12 Jul 2016, 15:11

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Plans to bring Europe’s largest low-cost carrier into Ukraine are still up in the air, despite reports of a done deal between Lviv International Airport and Ryanair.

According to Ukrainian media, Ryanair is expected to start flying from Lviv Danylo Halytskyi International Airport in 2017 but there is no confirmation from either side.

A Ryanair spokesperson said “while we are always interested in new routes, we do not comment upon, or engage in, rumour or speculation.”

A Lviv Danylo Halytskyi International Airport spokesperson said, regarding Ryanair, they could not confirm anything for certain because they were still at the negotiations stage.

“Nevertheless, we eagerly await this carrier- it will attract many passengers,” the spokesperson said.

Three carriers - AirBaltic, Belavia and low-cost airline Wizz Air- which already operate out of other cities in Ukraine, are however expected to return to Lviv.

Belavia plans to start flying from Minsk to Lviv four times a week from Aug. 17.

The Lviv airport spokesperson said they were optimistic the return of Wizz Air would attract other low cost carriers.

“Experience shows that once one large low-cost carrier comes, others follow,” she said.

Meanwhile, Ukraine's Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan reportedly stated that low cost carrier Wizz Air may also return to Ukraine in its full capacity as early as this year.

Wizz Air closed its Ukrainian offices last year due to a poor economic climate, cancelling more than half a dozen flights and transferring the remaining eight to Hungarian division of Wizz Air.

The Kyiv Post did not immediately receive a response from Wizz Air.

Omelyan also stated that American airlines have also expressed interest in expanding their operations to Ukraine.

Czech Airlines was among the group of carriers reported to be returning to Lviv next year however a spokesman for the company said there were no plans to resume flying to or from the city’s international airport.

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