The attraction of new airline companies to Ukraine, primarily low-cost
carriers envisages the intensive development of domestic airports - both
international and regional, which capabilities are used inefficiently. This was
stated by Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman during the special meeting on the development of
air traffic and negotiation process with low-cost airlines.
«We stand for single rules (of attracting airlines), including low-cost
ones. At the same time, we have different airports as well as various airport
terminals. Therefore, the program and new rules of attraction of air carriers
are needed», the Head of Government stressed.
He underlined that the blueprint of attracting airlines to the largest
in Ukraine, the Boryspil International Airport is
understandable. But apart from Boryspil, there are
two more airports located in the capital, namely Kyiv (Zhulyany)
and Antonov (also known as Gostomel)
airports. It is vital to develop these air terminals as well.
In this context, Volodymyr Groysman
expressed the idea of the development of the Gostomel
airport, which serves as a base for the aircrafts of Antonov
State Company and is used by the Antonov Airlines,
hence transforming it into a base airport for the low-cost carriers, including
the Irish low-cost Ryanair. The Prime Minister
proposed to shape the project documentation for the development of the Gostomel airport with valuation of all necessary work.
«We have to make a decision that will allow us to solve several issues
at once, including the abolition of any monopolies in Boryspil
airport, attracting new air carriers and lowering the cost of tickets for our
passengers», stressed Volodymyr Groysman.
On the outcomes of the meeting, the attendees agreed to continue the
policy of actively attracting low-cost airlines to Ukraine, to work out, as a
temporary solution, provision of services for low-costs carriers at airports
"Boryspil" or Kyiv (Zhulyany)
for one year, moreover during this time to turn the airport Gostomel
into the airport for low-cost carriers. In addition, the entry of low cost
carriers into Ukrainian regional airports should be a condition for attracting
the said airlines.
The Head of Government emphasized
that the essential task is to develop a tool aimed at boosting the development
of regional airports
Apart from that, he confirmed the need to resume and complete talks with
Ryanair and instructed the Ministry of Infrastructure
of Ukraine to inform other airlines about the conditions for entering Ukraine’s