12.Apr .2021 23:30

Ukraine International Airlines to Resume Flights to Batumi from June 10, Expecting the Destination to be In Demand

Ukraine International Airlines to Resume Flights to Batumi from June 10, Expecting the Destination to be In Demand
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Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) will resume the flight program from Kyiv to Batumi from June 10, 2021. At this stage, the flights are scheduled twice weekly every Thursday and Sunday. Since Batumi is a summer destination that is open for Ukrainian tourists, the company expects the destination to be in demand for both point-to-point and transit passengers. 

Batumi is among 14 destinations to which the company will resume flights from May of the current year. “Despite of the restrictions due to the impact of the COVID-19, UIA continues to build the traffic through the air hub at Boryspil International Airport. Batumi is a summer destination that is open for Ukrainian tourists and can be in demand for both point-to-point and transit passengers,” Evheniy Dykhne, CEO Ukraine International Airlines, told BM.GE. 
 
UIA first started flights to Batumi in 2014. For that year, the company completed 108 flights, serving 28, 141 passengers. The number of flights reduced to 87 in 2015, serving 25, 532 passengers. As for 2017 – 4, 738 passengers were served, with 26 flights. 
 
“UIA did not contact flights to Batumi in 2016, 2018 and 2019 as the mentioned direction did not carry a sufficient amount of transit passenger traffic through the Boryspil international Airport,” Dykhne explained. 
 
UIA is already continuing operating international flights to 19 destinations, among which is Tbilisi.
 
Before the pandemic, during 2019, UIA has completed 652 flights to Tbilisi, serving 208 974 passengers. In 2020, the number of completed flights stood at 77 and in 2021 – since resuming flights to Georgia - 292. 
 
 “The company continues the gradual restoration of the original network of routes. The launch of dozens of flights will allow to resume air communication between the regions of Ukraine and numerous European countries through an air hub at Boryspil International Airport,” Dykhne added. 
 
Moreover, UAI will continue to operate domestic flights with a partner airline to Kharkiv (HRK), Lviv (LWO), Dnipro (DNK), Zaporizhia (OZH) and Ivano-Frankivsk (IFO), as well as its own scheduled flights to Odesa (ODS) and starting from June 2021 to Kherson (KHE).