The Ukrainian State Air Traffic Services Enterprise (UkSATSE) has obtained a certificate of conformance to the European Union’s standards.

Jesper Rasmussen, the flight standards director at the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), presented the certificate to the state-owned UkSATSE’s head Dmytro Babiichuk at the organization's headquarters in Cologne on December 17, the CFTS portal reports.

"The EASA certificate certifies that UkSATSE complies with EU standards, and it will be the basis for securing the rights to provide air-traffic control services in the Slovakian airspace, which are necessary for the movement of the aircraft that will perform operations at the Uzhhorod aerodrome…" UkSATSE said in a statement.

According to Babiichuk, this is the first time that the EASA is certifying an air-traffic control service provider in a country that is not a member of the European Union.

The contract for the certification process was signed between UkSATSE and the EASA in July this year. Representatives of the EASA completed the certification audit of UkSATSE in mid-November.

As reported earlier, the Ukrainian Ministry of Infrastructure intends to resume operation of the Uzhhorod airport by the end of 2018.