The largest European airline Ryanair opens flights from Kharkiv International Airport. It was reported at a press conference held on March 26. The low-cost airline will launch two new directions from Kharkiv. As early as June 2019, airplanes will start flights Kharkiv-Krakow (Poland), and in October — Kharkiv-Vilnius (Lithuania). Flights to both cities will be operated twice a week. Tickets are already available on the airline’s website

Michal Kaczmarczyk, executive director of Ryanair Sun, spoke about the company’s extensive plans for the Ukrainian market development, “We are pleased that Kharkiv has become the third Ukrainian airport for Ryanair. In the future, we plan to connect Ukraine with 24 cities in 11 countries and carry 1.4 million passengers per year. Starting from the first flights, Kharkiv citizens will be able to experience the benefits of our new customer service program, in which we pay special attention to punctuality.”

In honor of the start of cooperation, the company offered discounts for tickets to Krakow in April and May — until midnight of Thursday (March 28), they can be purchased for the price starting from €14.99.

Olga Pawlonka, sales and marketing manager for Ryanair in Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans, said, “Ryanair is pleased to announce the expansion in the Ukrainian market and the opening of destinations from the Kharkiv International Airport. This expansion will allow Ukrainians to travel more and create additional jobs.”

“The opening of Ryanair flights from Kharkiv International Airport is the result of long negotiations. We had the first meeting with Ryanair back in 2010 at the Routes forum, which was held at our airport. It was the starting point for our relationship. The beginning of cooperation with Ryanair opens up great opportunities for expanding the route network of Kharkiv International Airport because this low-cost airline is the largest carrier in Europe,” said Volodymyr Vasylchenko, general director of the operating company Kharkiv International Airport New Systems AM, a member of Oleksandr Yaroslavsky’s DCH Group.

“We are pleased that it was Kharkiv International Airport that was chosen for cooperation by such a significant airline. Before the press conference, we had already talked to Ryanair representatives about our future plans. So, we hope there are still many common projects ahead,” said Yulia Svetlichnaya, head of Kharkiv Regional State Administration.

Irish airline Ryanair is the largest European low-cost carrier. The company’s airplanes fly to more than 1600 destinations between 215 airports in 34 countries. In 2018, 139.2 million passengers used Ryanair services. The fleet of the airline is more than 450 aircraft.

The low-cost airline opens new destinations from Kharkiv to Krakow (Poland) and Vilnius (Lithuania).