The Ukrainian airline, Dart, will launch flights on the Kyiv-Athens route on 24 June, the press service of the Kyiv airport (Zhuliany) has announced. It was earlier reported that the first flight would take place on 3 June.

The flights will be operated three times a week with departures from the Kyiv airport at 09:30 on Tuesdays and Fridays and at 12:30 on Sundays.

Departures from the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport in Athens will be at 13:20 every Tuesday and Friday and at 16:20 on Sunday (local time indicated for each airport).

The airline will operate Boeing 737-500 and Airbus A320 aircraft with capacities of 129 and 180 seats, respectively, on the route. The minimum cost of a roundtrip ticket is USD 187, including airport taxes.

"Families of soldiers killed in the ATO will be on the first flight to Athens. The Dart airline is offering free flights and accommodation in Athens. We call on all Ukrainian airlines to follow our example by providing assistance to families of our fallen defenders," the airlines’ General Director Viacheslav Lysychenok said.

Founded in 1997, the Dart airline specializes mainly in group charter flights.