Turkish Airlines plans to begin operating flights to Ivano-Frankivsk at the beginning of July this year. Dinçer Sayıcı, the head of the airline’s Kyiv representative office, announced this to the UBR publication.
The representative of the Turkish carrier said that the airline has complied with the wishes of the Ivano-Frankivsk airport. The flights will be operated on Embraer 195 aircraft.
"Permission has already been obtained from the State Aviation Service. We are now waiting for a response from the airport. We will start selling tickets as soon as there is a response from Ivano-Frankivsk," he said.
As CFTS previously reported, Turkish Airlines canceled Istanbul - Ivano-Frankivsk flights in late April due to restrictions at the Ivano-Frankivsk airport.
According to information from the airport, the cancellation was connected with the repair of a runway. The airport informed the airline in a letter that a commission examined the runway and found cracks and flaking of its concrete surface.
Later, in an interview with CFTS, the president of Ukraine International Airlines said, "Turkish Airlines had problems because they started flying on a heavy Airbus 319. They were told that they could not fly these aircraft because they were destroying the runway and that the airport would most likely be unable to handle such flights. The runway can be used for longer without reconstruction if small aircraft is used for the flights."