The Kharkov Airlines, part of the DCH group, plans to launch regular direct flights to Istanbul from three Ukrainian cities - Odessa, Kharkov, and Lvov - in the near future, the press office of the airline company has announced.

The flights will be operated daily. The planned start date of regular flights on these routes is August 29.

"We transported more than 160,000 passengers from the revival of the company in June last year to December. We plan to more than double this figure by the end of 2014, increasing passenger traffic to 350,000 people," the Kharkov Airlines’ Commercial Director Dmytro Shinkarchuk said.

He also said that the airline’s crews are already using tablet computers on which electronic documentation is stored on flights instead of suitcases containing documentation.

In addition, according to Shinkarchuk, the company plans to replenish its aircraft fleet with several aircraft of the Boeing 737NG family this autumn.

Founded in 1998, the Kharkov Airlines operated flights until 2001. The company became part of Oleksandr Yaroslavskyi’s DCH group in 2012. Its aircraft fleet consists of Boeing 767-300ER and Boeing 737-800NG.

The airline’s network of summer routes includes charter flights to Antalya, Sharm El-Sheikh, and Hurghada from Kiev, Kharkov, and Lvov. The following long-haul destinations are traditionally added to its winter programs: Phuket, Bangkok (Thailand), Goa (India), Nha Trang (Vietnam), and Punta Cana (Dominican Republic).