Windrose Airlines will launch an updated program of regular flight in Ukraine on March 29, 2020, with the introduction of the summer flight timetable schedule.
The airline announced this to the avianews.com portal, the CFTS portal reports.
It will include flights from Kyiv’s Boryspil airport to four destinations – Lviv, Odesa, Kharkiv, and Dnipro. Earlier, the airline considered the Kyiv (Zhulyany) airport as an alternative.
According to Windrose, the flight timetable has not yet been published and tickets have not yet gone on sale because preparatory work for the launch of the project, including application for slots at airports, is currently underway.
The airline will operate domestic flights on 70-seat ATR 72-600 regional turboprop aircraft. The airline company announced at the end of 2019 that it had signed an agreement of intent to lease eight ATR 72-600 aircraft in the period of 2020-2022.
The first three of the aircraft that the airline intends to use for domestic flights will be of the 2016 year of manufacture.
The decision to choose the Boryspil airport may be related to a partnership between Windrose and Ukraine International Airline (UIA). Windrose wet-leases its Embraer 145 aircraft to UIA for performance of domestic flights from Kyiv to Ivano-Frankivsk and Kherson. In addition, the airlines jointly operate the Kyiv-Dnipro route.
By performing domestic flights out of the Boryspil airport, Windrose will be able to transport some UIA passengers arriving from abroad to Ukraine’s regional airports.
The use of ATR 72-600 turboprop aircraft instead of UIA’s the more capacious Embraer 190, Embraer 195, and Boeing 737-800 jets on less busy routes could also improve the profitability of flights but increase the duration of flights.