Ukraine International To Resume Long Haul Flights In April 2021


Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) is not planning to resume its long-haul operations until April 2021. The airline is gradually rebuilding its network but its current routes UIA flies are all short- and medium-haul services. The current demand environment is not favorable for long-haul flights.

Ukraine International Airlines is not planning on conducting any scheduled commercial long-haul flights until April 2021. Photo: Getty Images

UIA’s current route offerings

UIA is currently offering a robust array of short- and medium-haul operations in Europe and the Middle East. The airline is planning on expanding its operations further this month into North Africa, the Caucasus, and Europe.

Thus far, UIA is currently flying to the following destinations from its hub in Kyiv’s Boryspil International Airport (KBP)[1]:

  • Amsterdam (AMS)
  • Paris (CDG)
  • Nice (NCE)
  • Dubai (DXB)
  • Istanbul (IST)
  • Tel Aviv (TLV)
  • Milan (MXP)
  • Munich (MUC)

From Odesa, UIA is flying to:

  • Istanbul (IST)
  • Tel Aviv (TLV)

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Beyond this, UIA is also flying a full domestic schedule connecting Kyiv (KBP), Lviv (LWO)[3], Odesa (ODS), and Kherson (KHE). Below is a map of UIA’s current flight operations:

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UIA’s current operations. Rendering created at Great Circle Mapper

This month, UIA will expand its route network to connect Kyiv to Yerevan (EVN), Madrid (MAD), and Cairo (CAI). There is still plenty of room for UIA to grow. Some missing destinations include Ankara, Athens, Rome, Helsinki, Prague, Vienna, and more.

No long-haul operations until April 2021

UIA will operate two roundtrip flights between Kyiv and Toronto (YYZ).[4] However, beyond that, the airline will not be flying any scheduled commercial long-haul flights. There are still options for the carrier to conduct repatriation flights[5].

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UIA is focused on a point-to-point model for now. Photo: Getty Images

UIA explains that its current strategy is a point-to-point business model that “does not always provide sustainable passenger traffic.” In a press release viewed by Simple Flying, UIA’s president, Eugene Dykhne stated the following:

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