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Irish low-cost airline Ryanair canceled its plans to fly to Ukraine, according to the company’s July 10 statement.

The low-cost airline said “regrettably” Kyiv Boryspil International Airport has chosen to protect high fare airlines and, as a result, Ryanair will cancel four new Kyiv routes and seven new Lviv routes. The company said this will result in the loss of over 500,000 passengers and 400 jobs.

The head of Boryspil Airport, Pavlo Riabikin, said earlier that Ryanair is setting requirements for flights to Kyiv which do not comply with the Ukrainian legislation.

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This investment, which is one of the very few serious foreign investments to have taken place or been proposed this year, was a very good test of whether the current regime was serious about modernising, tackling corruption, vested interests and the oligarchs, and the results are plain to see.

Ryanair's statement is completely correct. They are protecting the high-cost oligarch owned there is no change. Statements recently made by Ukrainian representatives in London were merely cosmetic. Vested interests continue, and it is more important for those in control to protect the oligarch-owned local airlines than to allow in competition which would benefit the greater Ukrainian public. The Ukrainian public thus continue to exist only to feed and serve a handful of oligarchs.

In other words there is no change at all and the current regime is no better than the ones which came before.


To follow up my remarks below. The full text of the Ryanair announcement(copied from their website) says a lot more than the summary given by the Kiev Post above, and speaks for itself:

Ryanair’s Chief Commercial Officer, David O’Brien said:

“On behalf of Ukrainian visitors and consumers, we regret that Kiev Airport has demonstrated that Ukraine is not yet a sufficiently mature or reliable business location to invest valuable Ryanair aircraft capacity. Kiev 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 Kiev Airport’s decision.

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.”

Good summary of some of the people running this country - immature and unreliable.

The big guys, and those in control at Boryspol and elsewhere, make a lot of money out of this dirty decision - with the well-paid Borysopol backing out of an earlier agreement between Ryanair and themselves. Let's hope Zhuliyani is possible - but Kolo has probably got that all stitched up too.

Another Iron Curtain is built in Ukraine - following Rayair's withdrawal - will we ever learn about free enterprise?

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