The Irish low-cost airline Ryanair will not launch flights to Ukraine until the Ukrainian government signs the "open skies" agreement with the European Union. Ryanair’s Director of Communications Robin Kiely announced this in exclusive comments to the CFTS portal.

"Ryanair is always interested in new routes, however any routes to/from Ukraine would first be dependent on Ukraine signing an open skies agreement with the EU", Kiely said.

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At the same time, Ryanair refused to comment on the proposal by Aron Mayberg, the head of UIA’s supervisory board, to hold a roundtable in Kyiv on cheap flights to Ukraine and the possible participation of Ryanair’s CEO Michael O'Leary in the roundtable.

Ryanair is the largest low-cost airline in Europe. It transported 90.5 million passengers in 2014. The airline made a net profit of EUR 523 million last year.

Ryanair will launch flights to Israel at the incredibly low price of EUR 30 per one-way ticket next winter. Israel’s Minister of Tourism Yariv Levin explained that the Israeli Ministry of Tourism pushed the Irish airline to launch flights to Israel and that it pays the airline an extra EUR 45 for every tourist delivered to Eilat.