A cake cutting ceremony was held at Kiev Zhulyany on 19 October to celebrate the opening of Ernest’s new connection to Milan Malpensa, with the airline also initiating flights from Rome Fiumicino on the same day. Among those pictured cutting the cake at the Ukrainian capital airport was Davide Strinna, Country Manager Ukraine and Romania, Ernest (centre). With these launches, it means that the carrier now operates five routes from Italy to the Ukrainian capital.
- Ernest launched its fourth and fifth route to Kiev Zhulyany (IEV) on 19 October, with the carrier linking to the Ukrainian capital airport from Milan Malpensa (MXP) and Rome Fiumicino (FCO). The operator will serve both 1,691- and 1,690-kilometre sectors four times weekly, with the A320s which will serve both routes conducting a Malpensa – Zhulyany – Fiumicino – Zhulyany – Malpensa routing on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. While flights between Malpensa and the Ukrainian capital airport will face no direct competition, it should be noted that Alitalia offers a daily service from its base in the Italian capital to Zhulyany. Along with Malpensa and Fiumicino, Ernest also offers flights from Bologna, Milan Bergamo and Naples to Zhulyany. The airline confirmed on the day of the Malpensa and Fiumicino launches that it will add a sixth route to Zhulyany from 23 March, the day in which it will initiate a twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Saturdays) service from Genoa.