Ukraine is making significant efforts to restore air traffic from Kyiv and Lviv. This was stated by Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Rostislav Shurma at a panel discussion at the Ukrainian House in Davos, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
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“I can say that we are working very intensively on the resumption of air traffic in Ukraine… We will definitely do everything possible to implement this,” he said. p>
According to Shurma, the presence of reliable logistics and transport links, especially air links, are fundamentally important elements of the country’s business and investment activities.
“If investors and businessmen cannot comfortably and quickly get to the places they need, they will not come and do nothing,” stated the deputy head of the OP.
In response to the question, are the Ukrainian authorities really considering the issue of opening airports in Kiev (Boryspil International Airport) and Lviv, he said that both airports are being considered, but at the same time, the “main focus” is on Boryspil.
Time frame for restoring air traffic
About the possibility of resuming air traffic in the summer, Shurma said that he was not ready to give specific dates.
“Look, there is an internal roadmap and a schedule. You are right, but I don’t want to name any specific terms… If only it depended on us. Perhaps I would be ready to publicly make a commitment, but I think that the share of our homework here is no more than 20%,” he said.
Shurma also added that the possibility of resuming air traffic in Ukraine depends on the decisions of international partners, independent regulators, and insurance companies. In addition, the success of this decision will depend, in particular, on Ukraine’s ability to ensure the physical safety of flights.
“Our team and military are working closely with Israeli colleagues to study their experience. We are absolutely confident that we will succeed,” said the deputy head of the OP.
In addition, he said, it is equally important to obtain approval from the European regulator IATA and search for reliable insurance mechanisms so that lessors can provide aircraft without fear .
“And here we are faced with the same task: to create the right risk tools so that airlines can fly to Kiev, which we plan to open,” summed up Shurma.
Let us remind you
In July 2023, the Irish low-cost airline Ryanair announced that it did not rule out resuming a small number of flights to Ukraine, subject to the country’s successful negotiations on the partial opening of airspace.
On its intention to be among the first to resume flights from Ukraine, as soon as this is allowed, the Ukrainian airline SkyUp Airlines said.