Ryanair is to introduce flights to Ukraine from October 2018 - only months after cancelling its previous plans to start operations from the country.
The Irish airline will operate 10 routes from Kiev’s Boryspil International and serve five destinations from Lviv in winter 2018/19, including routes from Stansted to both Ukrainian cities.
Ryanair had been due to start Ukraine flights for the winter 2017/18 season but ditched these plans in July 2017 when it accused Kiev airport of choosing to “protect high fare airlines, including Ukraine International Airlines”.
Ukraine’s minister of infrastructure Volodymyr Omelyan called Ryanair’s announcement “the most important event for the national airspace over the past 20 years”.
“For Ukrainians, Ryanair's arrival brings about the opportunity to travel cheaply and safely. For the country, it means development of the aviation industry and the network of regional airports. For business, it points to a free and competitive market, with rules of fair play.”
Destinations from Kiev will be Barcelona, Bratislava, Gdansk, Krakow, Poznan, Stansted, Stockholm, Vilnius, Warsaw and Wroclaw. While the five routes from Liev will be Dusseldorf, Krakow, Memmingen, Stansted and Warsaw.
Ryanair’s CEO Michael O’Leary added: “Ryanair is pleased to announce that low fares have officially arrived in Ukraine, our 36th country of operation, with 15 new routes from Kiev and Lviv, beginning in October, which will help deliver 800,000 annual customers at these two Ukraine airports.”