Vladyslav Kryklii, the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine met with József Váradi, Wizz Air Chief Executive Officer
Vladyslav Kryklii, the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine met with József Váradi, Wizz Air Chief Executive Officer today, on February 7, 2020. Oleksandr Bilchuk, head of the State Aviation Administration of Ukraine and George Michalopoulos, Chief Commercial Officer at Wizz Air were also attended the meeting.
The parties discussed the results of the airline's operation on the Ukrainian market, the development of the aviation industry of Ukraine, and outlined the prospects of expanding the company's presence on the Ukrainian market.
The head of the Ministry said that in 2019 passenger traffic through Ukrainian airports increased by 18.5% and amounted to 24 million 336 thousand people, including 20% growth in the international traffic.
József Váradi, Wizz Air Chief Executive Officer informed about airline’s plans on the Ukrainian market and noted that Wizz Air is ready for a constructive dialogue.
Vladyslav Kryklii emphasized that increasing presence of low-cost airlines on the Ukrainian market is one of the priority tasks of the Ministry: “The growth of passenger flows through Ukrainian airports is an important indicator of economic development. We are implementing a set of measures for the further successful development of the aviation industry, in particular, modernization of airports in the Dnipro, Izmail, and the preparation of a project for the construction of an airport in Mukachevo. An important task is to increase the share of low-cost airlines on the Ukrainian aviation market in 2020 to 45%. We also strive to increase passenger traffic on domestic flights. To do this, we have prepared a bill to abolish VAT for such flights. I am sure that the parliament will support us. Such measures will create favorable conditions for working on the Ukrainian market,” the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine said.
Vladyslav Kryklii suggested József Váradi to intensify the dialogue on Wizz Air entering the domestic air transportation market and announced that Ukraine expects to sign an Open Skies Agreement with the EU in the near future.
Currently, for the winter season of IATA 2019/2020, Wizz Air Hungary has been granted permissions to operate regular international flights to 13 countries. It is the largest network of routes among foreign carriers operating regular flights to / from Ukraine.