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Ryanair expands Ukraine operations

Low-cost airline Ryanair has announced plans to invest 1.5 billion euros in Ukraine over the next five years, expanding its fleet to 15 planes and annual capacity to five million people. The announcement follows a meeting in Kyiv between Ryanair COO David O’Brien and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

The airline will add five new routes from Kyiv next year, to Athens, Dublin, Manchester, Paphos and Sofia, bringing the total number of routes it operates to and from Ukraine to 22.

Wizz Air has also recently boosted its presence in Ukraine. Flights from Kharkiv to Vienna begin in November 25, while flights to London from the city began operating on November 13. Direct flights from Lviv to Frankfurt will begin from December 2. Next summer will see the launch of flights from Kyiv and Kharkiv to Krakow.