Belavia, the Belarusian national air carrier, is interested in launching flights Minsk-Zaporizhia flights in 2018. The airline's Deputy General Director Igor Cherginets announced this in an interview with the CFTS portal.
“Motor Sich performs regular flights under a code-sharing agreement with us. However, we are still considering Zaporizhia with the aim of launching flights there in 2018. The distance from there to Dnipro is about 80 kilometers," Cherginets said.
According to him, the airline previously wanted to launch flights to Dnipro, but it was not allowed.
"Dnipro is the only place to which we wanted to fly but we were not allowed to. We applied twice. We were first denied in the summer of 2016 based on some reconstruction work on the airport’s runway and technical difficulties. We understand that. However, our application was simply rejected this autumn, although this is a violation of the intergovernmental agreement between our countries, which is also quite liberal. Strangely, they do not need money," the deputy general director of Belavia said.
He also said that passengers from Ukraine and Russia provided the main transit flow for Belavia.
Belavia operates regular flights on 49 routes to 27 countries in Europe, the CIS, and Asia. The airline carried 2.488 million passengers in 2016, which represents a 19.1% increase over the number it carried in the previous year. The airline has a fleet of 29 aircraft.