The Lufthansa Group’s airlines will significantly increase the frequencies of their flights from/to Ukraine and resume flights to airports in Odesa and Lviv in summer 2021.
The Lufthansa Group announced this in a statement, the CFTS portal reports.
According to the group, the growing demand allows the number of scheduled flights to be increased significantly from 28 March.
Due to the protracted COVID-19 crisis and the travel bans that have been imposed around the world, the Lufthansa Group’s airlines have been forced to reduce the number of flights to Ukraine (the Boryspil airport) to a minimum (15 flights per week). Lufthansa resumed flights from Kyiv to Munich on 15 March. Austrian Airlines plans to resume Lviv-Vienna flights on 22 March and Odesa-Vienna flights on 29 March. Lufthansa plans to launch a new route from Lviv to Frankfurt on 30 April, connecting the western part of the country with its largest hub airport.
On all other existing routes from Kyiv, the number of flights will be increased gradually and significantly. Lufthansa will offer its passengers two daily flights from Kyiv to Frankfurt in the summer.
According to the schedule that was provided, the weekly number of Lufthansa Group flights from Ukraine will reach 55 in June.
Lufthansa will increase the frequency of Kyiv-Frankfurt flights from 9 to 14 per week from 28 March.
Lufthansa will resume Kyiv-Munich flights from 15 March, operating up to 5 flights per week (up to 12 flights per week from June).
Swiss International Airlines (SWISS) will increase the frequency of its Kyiv-Zurich flights to 3 per week from March 15 (up to 6 flights per week from June).
Austrian Airlines will operate Kyiv-Vienna flights 4 times per week and subsequently increase the frequency of the flights to 7 per week.
Austrian Airlines will resume flights on the Odesa-Vienna route from 29 March, operating up to 4 flights per week (up to 5 per week from May).
Austrian Airlines will resume flights on the Lviv-Vienna route from 22 March, operating up to 3 flights per week (up to 5 flights per week from May).
Lufthansa will launch flights Lviv-Frankfurt route on 30 April to replace the Lviv-Munich route, operating up to 4 flights per week (up to 6 flights per week from June).
"The Lufthansa Group believes that the Ukrainian market will recover soon. Our customers want to travel again as they did before the crisis," said Rene Koinzack, the Lufthansa Group's general director for Ukraine, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Turkmenistan. “There is demand in both directions. We see an increase in demand among travelers from other continents who want to fly through our hub airports to Ukraine."
As reported previously, the airBaltic airline (Latvia) has announced the resumption of direct flights on the Riga-Kyiv route from 17 March. In addition, according to airBaltic’s website, the airline will operate Riga-Odesa flights on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays from 30 April and Riga-Lviv flights on Thursdays and Saturdays from 3 June.
The Ryanair airline intends to begin operating flights from Ukraine to two destinations (Kyiv-Cologne and Odesa-Barcelona) from July 2021.
The Azerbaijani low-cost airline, Buta Airways, will resume flights from Baku to Kyiv on 1 April.