|The largest low-cost airline in Europe, Ryanair, is holding negotiations with Lviv on the flights to the city, Ryanair Chief Commercial Officer David O’Brien said in an interview with Forbes Ukraine.
“Ukraine today can be considered only as am additional route to our key markets. They are Italy, Spain, Britain, Ireland and Germany where there are many popular routes closer than Ukraine. Broadly speaking, our business model is that each additional flight increases our production cost per passenger and we expect that this investment is returned. There is demand in Ukraine on flights to many countries. These are mostly flights to the east and north where Ryanair does not have the right to fly,” he said.
O’Brien also said that Ukraine is too large, and its airports are physically located far from each other and can be independent.
In 2015, Ukraine’s Ministry of Infrastructure established open skies for the airports of Lviv and Odesa in order to attract new airlines and increase passenger flow in those cities.