The Motor Sich airline will begin operating flights on the Kyiv-Uzhhorod route on March 15.

The carrier announced this in a statement on its official Facebook page, the CFTS portal reports.

This confirms earlier reports that the Uzhhorod airport will resume operation in mid-March.

However, it is worth noting that Uzhhorod is currently absent from the flight timetable that is posted on the airline’s website.

The Motor Sich airline began operating regular flights between Kyiv and Uzhhorod in 2013. The company stopped operating flights on this route for two months in 2016 and the Uzhhorod airport stopped accepting regular flights in the same year. The reason is that the intergovernmental agreement between Ukraine and Slovakia on transfer of responsibility for provision of air traffic services and operation of the Uzhhorod airport expired on June 16, 2016 (the Uzhhorod airport is located close to the Slovakian border, and aircraft cannot take off or land in Uzhhorod without entering Slovakian airspace).

The Ukrainian State Air Traffic Services Enterprise (UkSATSE) has obtained a certificate of conformance to the European Union’s standards (the EASA certificate) in mid-December 2018. The EASA certificate certifies that UkSATSE complies with EU standards, and it is the basis for securing the rights to provide air-traffic control services in the Slovakian airspace, which are necessary for operation of aircraft at the Uzhhorod airport.