The Ukrainian Association of Airlines, which is in the process of registration, will propose that Prime Minister Arsenii Yatseniuk dismiss the State Aviation Service’s head Denys Antoniuk and the Boryspil International Airport’s General Director Yevhen Dykhne, the CFTS portal’s correspondent reports.
According to a press release that the association distributed at a press conference in Kiev on Tuesday, there is currently no state control over the operations of the airline industry and there exist personnel protectionism, violation of the Constitution and laws of Ukraine, monopolization of the air transport market, and destruction of competitors in the interest of a single financial and industrial group.
"Complete monopolization of the skies is being established. Today, all airlines are outraged by the steps taken by the Ministry of Infrastructure jointly with the State Aviation Service... The head of the State Aviation Service is openly lobbying for the interests of one airline," said Serhii Pidhorodetskyi, the deputy spokesman for the association and the general director of the Atlasjet Ukraine airline company.
Because of the current situation, the association intends to appeal to President Petro Poroshenko to set up an inter-agency commission on development and oversight of the airline industry and annul the Cabinet of Ministers’ decision that approved the Provisions on the State Aviation Service and the State Aviation Service’s order that approved the new procedures for allocating air routes.
In addition to the proposal to instruct the prime minister to dismiss the head of the country’s leading airport and the head of the State Aviation Service, the association proposes that candidates for the posts of directors of state aviation enterprises should be discussed at a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council with the participation of industry representatives to prevent agenda-driven people from managing them.
In addition, the association proposes that Poroshenko conduct a thorough examination of the transparency and financial effectiveness of the privatization of the Ukraine International Airlines (UIA), as well as its actual financial situation regarding payment of its debt to state enterprises, institutions, and the state budget.
The Ukrainian Association of Airlines is in the process of registration. Its members include the airline companies Wizz Air Ukraine, UTair Ukraine, Khors, UM Air, and others.