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The Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) opened its winter season by launching a new direct flight Kyiv – Ankara on October 30.

It is quite a strange and unfair that there were no direct air links between the capitals of the two strategic partners and friendly countries, UIA Vice-President Sergei Fomenko said, stressing that about two and a half thousand passengers had already booked tickets for a new rout by October 30.

It is only the beginning both for the airline and the whole country. In fact, not only Ukrainians will now be able to get to Ankara more quickly, but also many foreigners will make their journeys through Kyiv, since not all countries have such direct flight.

From an economic point of view this is an extremely important advantage for Ukraine, Sergei Fomenko stressed. 

“According to preliminary estimates, it will bring more than half a million hryvnias a year to the budget of Ukraine. Of course, this means the revenue return to the Boryspol Airport. And the third, it is about 20 thousand passengers, making flights through Ukraine to Ankara,” he said. 

From the point of view of the Republic of Turkey, the new flight will directly affect such factors as the improvement of the investment environment of the Turkish capital, the use of the capacity of the tourism sector, as well as the expansion and increase of business cooperation.

The airline also plans to gradually increase the number of daily flights Kyiv - Ankara. So, in five years, there may be four or five daily flights instead of one. And since the Turkish Airlines services several Ukrainian cities, the UIA intends to increase the number of flights between the different cities of the two countries as well.

October 31, at 6:00 am local time, the first direct flight from Kyiv was solemnly met in the capital of the Republic of Turkey, according to the Twıtter account of the Ukrainian Embassy in Ankara. Among the welcomers were the new Ambassador of Ukraine Andriy Sibiga and Director of the Second European Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Yuriy Mushka.

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