Ryanair, Europe's No.1 airline, announced on July 10 it had cancelled its planned entry into Ukraine following Kyiv Airport's failure to honour a growth agreement reached at the Ministry of Infrastructure with airport officials and the current Airport Director General, Pavlo Ryabikin, in March of this year.
"On behalf of Ukrainian visitors and consumers, we regret that Kyiv Airport has demonstrated that Ukraine is not yet a sufficiently mature or reliable business location to invest valuable Ryanair aircraft capacity," Ryanair's Chief Commercial Officer, David O'Brien said in an official statement posted on the company's website. "Kyiv Airport's failure to honour commitments will result in the loss of over 500,000 customers and 400 airport jobs in the first year alone, which would have provided a significant boost to the Ukrainian economy. We regret also that Lviv Airport has fallen victim to Kyiv Airport's decision."
According to the company, Kyiv airport has instead chosen to protect high fare airlines (including Ukraine International Airlines) and deprive Ukrainian consumers/visitors access to Europe's lowest air fares and widest route network. As a result, Ryanair has no choice but to cancel four new Kyiv routes and seven new Lviv routes.
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Ryanair will now transfer this capacity to competing markets, such as Germany, Israel and Poland instead.
"Ryanair will grow from 130 million passengers this year to 200 million passengers by 2024 and retains the hope that Ukraine might participate in this growth at some point in the future," O'Brien said.