Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) has launched Kyiv-Krakow-Kyiv flights. The first flight to Krakow was performed on Tuesday, December 26, and the return flight on December 27, the CFTS reports.
An Embraer 145 aircraft is used for the flights. The flights will be operated six times per week until 8 January 2018, after which they will be operated daily. The flights will depart from the Boryspil airport at 20:40 and land in Krakow at 21:25. The return flight will depart from Krakow at 05:30 and arrive in Kyiv at 08:10. The travel time is 1 hour 45 minutes.
"The offer by a new, classic air carrier and the expansion of the route network to eastern destinations confirm the economic and tourist attraction of Malopolska (Lesser Poland, a historical region in the south of Poland)," the Krakow airport’s Director of Radoslaw Włoszek said. In 2016, 110,000 Ukrainian tourists visited Krakow and Lesser Poland, which is 158% more than the number that visited in 2015. In addition, there are more than 5,000 Ukrainian students in in Krakow, constituting 90% of the total number of foreigners studying in this city.
As reported, UIA received permission to perform regular flights to four regional airports in Poland (Krakow, Gdansk, Poznan, and Wroclaw) in in late November.
UIA's President Yurii Miroshnikov recently said that the airline’s program for operation of flights to regional airports in Poland was aimed at increasing the airline's transit passenger volume.