Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair is considering resuming a number of flights to Ukraine by the end of the year, Ryanair Group CEO Michael O’Leary told Interfax-Ukraine.
– We are considering two variants: one, when the war is over and everything opens up in a day or two. And the second most likely, according to which we can schedule a small number of sailings as early as the end of this year – announced O’Leary.
However, he stipulated that if Ukraine fails to convince the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and insurance companies that a limited number of flights to Kiev and Lviv are safe, Ryanair will not be able to resume them.
O’Leary: We should be optimistic
– I think we should be optimistic. Now the ministry (i.e. the Ukrainian Ministry of Infrastructure Reconstruction and Development) is working on resuming some flights to Kiev and Lviv by the end of this year. If they can prove that it is safe, we will carry out these cruises – he announced.
O’Leary added that in the longer term, Ryanair is considering the possibility of building in Europe at a cost of USD 500 million. own aircraft maintenance base, including aircraft engines. “I think Ukraine would be a very interesting place for something like that,” he said.
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