Lviv Mayor Andrii Sadovyi has proposed creation of a national low-cost airline called Ukraine United Airlines. Sadovyi presented the concept for the airline at the "Festival of Ideas" forum in Odesa on August 26.
According to Sadovyi, a national low-cost airline will allow all Ukrainian cities to be linked quickly via a transport network and lower the cost of flights "at least to the level of low-cost airlines in Europe."
Sadovyi also believes that this will facilitate restoration of the operations of airports in all regional centers and generate orders for the Antonov state aircraft manufacturing enterprise (which is capable of producing 20 airplanes for the low-cost airline) for the next three years. In addition, he believes that creation of the low-cost airline will “provide an impetus to business processes and domestic tourism."
He did not provide further details of the project.
As reported, Minister of Infrastructure Volodymyr Omelian announced at the end of last year that a low-cost airline would emerge in December. It later turned out that he was referring to SkyUp, a charter airline that also performs budget flights.
The Antonov Airlines’ Director Mykhailo Kharchenko said last year that the Antonov holding company could create its own low-cost airline.