The Chernivtsi airport authority is in talks with two Romanian air carriers on launching regular and charter flights to the airport, the airport’s Director Borys Morskyi announced this to the CFTS portal.
The director of the Chernivtsi airport did not disclose the names of the airlines because the negotiations have not yet been completed. "Negotiations are underway, but I will not name [the companies] until they are completed. It is a trade secret," Morskyi said. He stressed that these airlines have not previously flown to Chernivtsi.
According to Morskyi, the Romanian consulate in Chernivtsi is facilitating the negotiations.
The largest airlines registered in Romania are the TAROM national carrier (with a passenger traffic of 2.4 million in 2015) and the Blue Air private low-cost carrier (more than 2 million in 2015).
The Chernivtsi airport is currently preparing to receive regular flights by Ukraine International Airlines (UIA). At its most recent session, the Chernivtsi city council allocated the Chernivtsi airport UAH 5.3 million for purchasing engine starting systems, machines for providing drinking water to aircraft, an electronic check-in system, etc. In addition, UAH 1.5 million was allocated for repair of the airport fence.
In addition, the airport received UAH 0.8 million for placing an order for a project for reconstruction of its aerodrome (the runway, the taxiways, parking areas, and the apron). "We are currently working with Ukraeroproekt on this," Morskyi said.
The Romanian airline Carpatair, which operates flights to Timisoara, previously operated flights to the Chernivtsi airport. Regular flights on this route ceased in late 2013.
The Ukrainian airline UIA has announced the launch of flights to the Chernivtsi airport.
The Turkish Airlines is also planning regular flights.