Ukraine’s Minister of Infrastructure Oleksandr Kubrakov has told the 17th Yalta European Strategy (YES) annual conference that up to two weeks are technically required for airports in Ukraine to resume operations. However, according to him, this will be possible in practice only if security guarantees are provided. 

The first airport that the Ministry of Infrastructure is considering reopening is the Lviv airport, the CFTS portal reports, citing the Economic Pravda publication. 

According to the minister, the main obstacle to resumption of civilian flights is safety and not technical issues. 

According to Kubrakov, the Lviv airport can technically be reopened through a scheme similar to the Black Sea Grain Initiative, with Ukraine receiving security guarantees from “international partners” and the United Nations.