From July,1st citizens of Kharkov and the region will be able to buy cheap tickets on flights operated between Kharkov and Kutaisi. The carrier is the first low-cost airlines – Wizz Air Ukraine. It was told by the carrier representative on February,14st at a press-conference in Kharkov.
“These are the first steps made for flight network development at reasonable price. We believe that new flights will help passengers to open for themselves inexpensive trips, make a contribution to economy and create new working places in Eastern Europe”, – noted Akosh Bush, CEO of Wizz Air Ukraine.
It isn’t the first company experience of reasonable air connection between airports of Ukraine and Georgia. Since autumn 2012 Wizz Air Ukraine has operated daily flights between Kyiv and Kutaisi. The ticket price is from 341 gryven. The company says that the same tariffs will be on the route “Kharkov – Kutaisi” from July,1st 2012; the flights will be operated twice weekly (on Mondays and Fridays). Ticket affordability is one of Wizz Air Ukraine competitive advantages. The company keeps low prices in spite of the fact that fuel cost grew from 20% to 40% at last 7 years. “But it doesn’t mean that the company accepts a compromise in any questions connected with flight security”, – underlined CEO of Wizz Air Ukraine.
“It is a great news for Kharkov citizens – air transport continues to develop. Why is cooperation with Wizz Air Ukraine so important? Peculiarity of this company is not high ticket price. If Wizz Air Ukraine is in Kharkov, flight cost will correspond to travel price to Kyiv by train or car and flight price to Europe will be the same as flight price to Kyiv! We are ready to provide all opportunities for business dealing in Kharkov district because it is a very good infrastructure project we are going to realize together with the airport”, – noticed Andrei Mochenkov at the press-conference, Deputy Chief of Kharkov regional state administration.
For International airport “Kharkov” the first experience of cooperation with Wizz Air Ukraine is the next step to realization of air carrier number increasing and direct flight geography extension. It is the task which was set by Alexander Yaroslavsky, investor of reconstruction. “Kharkov – Kutaisi” will become the second flight about which the airport administration told in February 2013. Earlier they told about the flight operation start between Kharkov and Baku. The company isn’t going to rest on its laurels, the airport has a good mind to extend cooperation with current air companies-partners and also encourage new carriers. “We honourably received guests of Euro-2012, our passenger flow was more than half a million people in 2012, today airport growth rates are ones of the best in Ukraine. Our main task is to develop route network. Wizz Air Ukraine takes one of the main places and we expect that the flight to Kutaisi will be by far not a solitary one, because we are also interested in flights to Europe”, – told Vladimir Vasilchenko, CEO of International airport “Kharkov”.
Wizz Air Ukraine is the first low-cost air company licensed by Public Aviation Service of Ukraine. In 2012 the air company carried 630 000 passengers using 2 Airbus A320. The air company is planning to carry about 1.3 million passengers and increase its flying stock up to 4 Airbus A320 in 2013.
International airport “Kharkov” (http://hrk.aero/) – one of the key objects of the capital Slobozhanshchina, reconstructed in preparation of the city for Euro-2012 in the format of public-private partnership. The total investment in the project by Alexander Yaroslavsky was $ 107.2 million (airport terminal and surrounding areas). The amount of funding allocated from the State budget for the reconstruction of the airport complex (including construction and airfield control tower) – $ 191.3 million.