: Europe's largest low-cost airline ponders expanding to Ukraine

17:17 May. 13, 2016

Europe's largest low-cost airline ponders expanding to Ukraine

In this Sept. 18, 2014 file photo, passengers board a Ryanair flight at Dublin Airport, Ireland. (AP Photo)

Ryanair is negotiating a deal with Lviv Danylo Halytskyi International Airport 

David O'Brien, Commercial Director of Ryanair, thinks Ukraine has great potential to increase passenger flow.

In a recent interview with Forbes.Ukraine, O'Brien stated, "we are having a dialog with people from Lviv but I don't think we will discuss flights to Odesa. Ukraine can be considered now as additional to our main markets."

O'Brien explained further that main markets include Italy, Spain, the U.K., Ireland, and Germany where the flights are in higher demand than Ukraine.

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"It is important to have open skies not only in the airports of Lviv and Odesa but also in Kyiv. Not only in two opposite parts of the country. The purpose of open skies should become the rise in passenger flow in airports," Commercial Director added.

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He also stated that "the main goal for Ukraine is not to copy mistakes of other countries – airports shouldn't be sold to monopolists. This will become a disaster, look at Slovenia, Georgia, Greece."

In 2015, Ukraine's Ministry of Infrastructure established open skies for the airports of Lviv and Odesa in order to attract new airlines and increase passenger flow in those cities.

 

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