The European Commission may provide EUR 80 million in financial assistance through the European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation (Eurocontrol) to Ukraine for restoration of the air navigation infrastructure affected by the military operations in the east of the country, the CFTS correspondent reports.
"Consultations are taking place between the European Commission and Eurocontrol on provision of funding. EUR 80 million is planned so far, but we hope that it will be even more. This will allow us to cover all the necessary costs and take measures to reduce the risk of a fall in safety levels during air traffic services," said Dmytro Babeichuk, the acting general director of the Ukrainian State Air Traffic Services Enterprise (UkSATSE).
According to him, UkSATSE currently provides the previous level of flight safety throughout the airspace of Ukraine. However, Babeichuk was unable to specify the facilities that will be restored with the financial assistance from Eurocontrol.
"We are only determining the priority order as of today, but it is already obvious that the infrastructure at the Lugansk and Donetsk airports have been seriously damaged. We have a problem with air navigation in Artyomovsk because it has been taken out of action," the acting head of UkSATSE said.