He wrote he just watched a press conference where speakers were saying Ukraine did not need Ryanair, and low-cost air travel is bad for citizens and the state. He further said that "Ryanair should not have wanted any conditions, it should have engaged in charity in Ukraine, take a loan at 25 percent annually in Privatbank, and allow top state officials and oligarchs continue their carefree enrichment. IKEA, General Electric are totally not needed in this country as well," Omelian wrote.
He recalled the process of negotiations between Boryspil airport, his ministry, and Ryanair. Omelian wrote that Boryspil was ignoring any proposals during 2016, and how the leadership of the airport was "making phone calls" to the owners of the national air carrier.
"No doubt, the leadership of the state airport does not obey the minister. It does not obey the decree by the president of Ukraine on making air services cheaper and bringing low cost companies. It is inconvenient for the prime minister of Ukraine, when he invites investors in London while state companies and their patrons have a different opinion," Omelian wrote.
The minister says that Boryspil airport, instead of making Ryanair operations its success, deems it a threat.
"I am so surprised by how undesirable the arrival of Ryanair to Ukraine is. Neither the presidential decree, nor the interests of Ukrainians, who could have seen the world thanks to low ticket prices, is an argument for them.
"Regarding political pressure: the president, the prime minister, the minister, and political parties support the presence of low-cost carriers in Ukraine, and the ability of Ukrainians to travel the world cheaply. This is demanded by the people as well. Because the visa-free travel is a huge step for our country, but it has no sense if trips to Europe remain non-affordable for Ukrainians. So where is the pressure? And what's more here: the "pressure" by the state or obvious blackmailing on the part of the "airport"?" Omelian wrote.
"Chances are that today we'll here an announcement of cancellation of Ryanair flights to Ukraine. They get what they wanted. We can open another office for investment support," the head of the Infrastructure Ministry wrote.