Ukraine International Airlines closes ticket sales for routes affected by border restrictions

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After restarting several international air services on June 15, 2020, Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) is temporarily closing ticket sales for some services.

The airline issued a statement saying there is “no parity in the opening of borders”. It said that many countries would not confirm the availability of “seamless border crossings” for Ukrainian citizens and that some nations were imposing “restrictive measures” upon arriving passengers in the form of COVID-19 testing or self-isolation. The airline said that “under such conditions, only those categories of travellers who have work visas or other documents that provide for the right of permanent residence in the destination countries (residence permit, etc.)” can guarantee they will be allowed to travel.

It explained that, to adapt to “the new needs of the market” it has closed the sale of tickets for most international destinations until August 1, adding: “This way UIA seeks to prevent unjustified expectations of passengers and the cancellation of flights with very low loads.” The carrier has provided travel recommendations relating to quarantine measures on its website at  https://bit.ly/2Y5zI4y.

Despite this, UIA says it will continue to operate evacuation flights and some of its planned schedule flights, having restarted Amsterdam and Paris services earlier this week. It also plans to operate flights on the following routes:

18 June: London (Heathrow) – Kyiv (evacuation flight)

19 June: Kyiv – Kherson, Kyiv – Odesa

20 June: Kyiv – Bangkok

21 June: Bangkok – Kyiv (evacuation flight), Kherson – Kyiv, Odessa – Kyiv, Kyiv – Istanbul – Kyiv

22 June: Kyiv – New York – Kyiv (evacuation flight)

23 June: Kyiv – Amsterdam – Kyiv

24 June: Kyiv – Miami, Kyiv – Paris

25 June: Miami – Kyiv (evacuation flight),

26 June: Kyiv – Istanbul – Kyiv, Kyiv – Athens – Kyiv, Kyiv – Odesa, Kyiv – Lviv, Kyiv – Kherson

28 June: Kyiv – Istanbul – Kyiv, Dubai – Kyiv

29 June: Kyiv – Tel Aviv – Kyiv, Kherson – Kyiv, Odesa – Kyiv, Lviv – Kyiv

30 June: Kyiv – Amsterdam – Kyiv

The airline reiterated that flights to any further destinations will depend upon their economic feasibility and “the prospects for further liberalisation of the border crossing requirements for Ukrainians”.