“In the first stage of the recovery, UIA needs to operate primary routes with strong business and point-to-point traffic. UIA will work closely with partner airlines to transport passengers to major hub airports for additional connections to and from Ukraine. As governmental restrictions begin to ease, UIA plans to return to the hub model in April 2021 and restore the route network by at least 80% and will include long-haul flights to New York (JFK), Toronto (YYZ) and Delhi (DEL).”
In the meantime, UIA’s team will continue to monitor any changes for travel regulations and maximize its flight network as much as possible.
UIA’s move makes sense
It is already August. There are few chances of the situation in the United States improving and, the historically strong connecting market UIA has shuffling passengers from Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and India to North America, the airline is waiting to leverage those connections to ensure it is not making large losses on those flights.
With the fall and winter fast approaching, when demand is historically at some of its weakest points, there is little incentive for UIA to open up long-haul flights. Most carriers are reporting a significant decline in demand for long-haul international travel. By waiting until April, UIA has time to wait for governmental travel restrictions to ease, and a more favorable season for international travel arises.
Do you think UIA is making the right move by delaying its long-haul resumptions to 2021? Let us know in the comments!
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