After the reopening of the international air services to Ukraine on June 15, 2020, Ukraine International Airlines will follow the policy of a balanced restart of its flights.
Unfortunately, there is no parity in the opening of borders. Most countries around the world do not confirm the possibility of seamless border crossing for Ukrainian citizens. Furthermore, many countries impose restrictive measures upon arrival at the destination in the form of COVID-19 testing or self-isolation. Under such conditions, only those categories of travelers who have work visas or other documents that provide for the right of permanent residence in the destination countries (residence permit, etc.) can ensure air traffic. To adapt to the new needs of the market of passenger air transport, UIA has closed the sale of tickets for most international destinations until August 1, 2020. This way UIA seeks to prevent unjustified expectations of passengers and the cancellation of flights with very low loads. Travel recommendations during the extension of quarantine measures can be found on the UIA website at https://bit.ly/2Y5zI4y.
In June, UIA will continue to operate evacuation flights and some of their regular program flights. On 16 and 17 June, they have already operated the first scheduled flights to Amsterdam and Paris.
At the phase of international flights resumption in June, the airline also sees the potential in scheduled domestic and international flights and plans to operate flights on the following routes:
18 June: London (Heathrow) – Kyiv (evacuation flight)
19 June: Kyiv – Kherson, Kyiv – Odesa
20 June: Kyiv – Bangkok
21 June: Bangkok – Kyiv (evacuation flight), Kherson – Kyiv, Odessa – Kyiv, Kyiv – Istanbul – Kyiv
22 June: Kyiv – New York – Kyiv (evacuation flight)
23 June: Kyiv – Amsterdam – Kyiv
24 June: Kyiv – Miami, Kyiv – Paris
25 June: Miami – Kyiv (evacuation flight),
26 June: Kyiv – Istanbul – Kyiv, Kyiv – Athens – Kyiv , Kyiv – Odesa, Kyiv – Lviv, Kyiv – Kherson
28 June: Kyiv – Istanbul – Kyiv, Dubai – Kyiv
29 June: Kyiv – Tel Aviv – Kyiv, Kherson – Kyiv, Odesa – Kyiv, Lviv – Kyiv
30 June: Kyiv – Amsterdam – Kyiv
When planning its further flight operations, the key decisive factors for UIA in launching each route will be primarily the economic feasibility as well as the prospects for further liberalization of the border crossing requirements for Ukrainians. The airline will focus firstly on opening flights and destinations with a strong tourist and economic potential.