The Dniproavia airline company decided on 1 September to suspend flights from Kharkov to Tbilisi, Batumi, Baku, and Yerevan, the airline company’s Commercial Director Serhii Posylaev has announced, BSNews reports.
The company attributed the decision to economic reasons related to the need to overfly Russian territory. "Our routes have lengthened significantly after Russia banned Ukrainian airlines from flying over its territory. For example, the duration of a Kharkov-Baku flight has almost doubled: it previously lasted two and a half hours, but it now lasts four hours. Expenditures on fuel, crew, and others have increased proportionately," Posylaev explained.
Passengers of the canceled flights can accept a refund or rebook flights with transfers in Kiev, Istanbul, and others.
The increase in the duration of the carrier’s flights from Dnepropetrovsk to the Caucasus is not as critical (it has increased by 20-40 minutes). Therefore, the company is retaining these flights in its timetable and even retaining the promotional ticket prices for them. The company also continues to fly from Kharkov to Kiev, and it plans to operate flights to Ivano-Frankivsk in the winter.