The Kharkiv international airport is holding talks on resumption of flights to Dubai (Saudi Arabia) with Fly Dubai airline that serviced these flights before the introduction of restrictions for flights in 2014, Airport Director General Volodymyr Vasylchenko has said.
"We would like to resume flights to Dubai with the famous company Fly Dubai. We are constantly in negotiations with them... Return of Fly Dubai is very important for us," Vasylchenko said at a briefing in Kharkiv on Tuesday.
He said that negotiations are also being conducted with the new airline SkyUp.
"Today, thanks to the arrival of a new SkyUp airline to the market, it will play the role of a carrier to Dubai," Vasylchenko said.
According to him, it is expected that in 2018 SkyUp will start flights from Kharkiv not only to Saudi Arabia, but also inside Ukraine (to Odesa). In addition, SkyUp plans to fly from Kharkiv to Lviv.
"However, it is likely that Lviv is a prospect of 2019," he said.
Head of the Kharkiv Regional Administration Yulia Svitlychna, who also took part in the briefing, said that SkyUp intends to launch international flights from Kharkov from June this year.
"Since June, SkyUp will enter the Kharkiv market with five new destinations - Barcelona, Larnaca, Tivat, Burgas and Rimini. Flights will be once a week," Svitlychna said.