Cake of the Week:
Ukraine International’s Kiev to Moscow
Ukraine International was welcomed to Moscow Domodedovo with a cake, while passengers were given certificates and goody bags as memories of the first flight. As an effect of liberalisation, the Ukrainian state carrier is now able to serve the most popular route from the Ukraine.
- Ukraine International made an important expansion in the Russian market on 20 July when the Ukrainian state carrier connected its Kiev Borispol (KBP) hub with Moscow Domodedovo (DME), the airport analysed this week. Flights operate three times daily with 123-seat 737-500s. This is the first time the airline connects the Ukrainian and Russian capitals, although the private Ukrainian airline AeroSvit already operates between the two cities alongside several Russian carriers. Direct competition to Ukraine International comes from Transaero’s twice-daily flights as well as a daily service on Ukraine International’s Russian partner airline S7. Further indirect competitors serving other Moscow airports are Aeroflot, operating twice-daily from Sheremetyevo, and AeroSvit, which flies 25 times weekly to Sheremetyevo and eight times a week to Vnukovo. Explaining the background, UIA’s president Yuri Miroshnikov said: “The launch of the Kiev – Moscow flight is a landmark event for UIA. During 19 years of operations on the market, our airline has been specializing in air transportation from Ukraine to Europe. When establishing UIA in 1992, the Ukrainian Government did not prioritize either flights to Moscow, or the development of eastern destinations. Subsequently, UIA’s attempts to launch flights between Kiev and Moscow were unsuccessful due to the restrictive provisions of the Air Services Agreement between Ukraine and Russia. This situation could not last forever, since the air transportation market between Kiev and Moscow is the largest one for Ukraine in terms of traffic. Naturally, at last the global process of air transportation liberalization has affected this route. The framework of the Air Services Agreement has been extended significantly, allowing us to operate this flight today. We are confident that this new UIA route will provide passengers with new opportunities, help to strengthen partnership between the Ukrainian and Russian airlines, and promote further development of fraternal relations between our peoples.”