10:17 Jun. 22, 2016
Ukraine and Canada negotiating to launch direct flight Toronto-Kyiv
Ukraine is interested in establishing direct air links between the country's capital Kyiv and Toronto, the largest city in Canada, Ukraine's Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan said during a meeting with Air Canada managers.
The meeting took place on June 21 in Toronto within the framework of Canada-Ukraine Business Forum.
"We are interested in direct flights between Kyiv and Toronto", the Ministry's press office reports. "The establishment of direct flights between Ukraine and Canada will contribute to enhancing bilateral cooperation in all areas".
Omelyan invited representatives of Air Canada (the country's largest domestic and international airline) to visit Ukraine.
In January 2016, the Agreement on common aviation area between Ukraine and the U.S. came into force, which was signed in July 2015.
In mid-May 2016, Estonia lifted restrictions on a number of airlines operating between the two countries, giving way for the expansion of flights between Estonia and Ukraine. Similar limitations were eliminated by Poland in early April.
According to Ukraine's Cabinet of Ministers, Kyiv is set to sign an agreement on common aviation area – Open Skies – with the E.U by the end of 2016. In this context, the Ukrainian parliament ratified aviation agreements with Greece, Cyprus, Hungary and Poland in June 16, 2016, which will allow Ukraine to intensify interstate relations.
The Treaty on Open Skies came into force on January 1, 2002, and currently has 34 States Parties. It establishes a program of unarmed aerial surveillance flights over the entire territory of its participants. The treaty is designed to enhance mutual understanding and confidence by giving all participants a direct role in gathering information about military forces and activities of concern to them.