Ukraine International Airlines(UIA) has commenced operations between Kiev, the capital city of Ukraine and New Delhi.
The first UIA Boeing 767-300 flight from Kiev carrying 240 passengers touched down in Delhi on May 2, 2018.
The airlines has started with three weekly flights and will enhance it to five (four scheduled and one seasonal till September) services from mid June.
Announcing the opening of the new route, Sergey Fomenko, Vice president, Commerce, UIA, said that the airlines will most likely turn it into a daily frequency from early next year.
Terming the Delhi operations as a new 'new page' in the 25 year old history of the airline, Femenko said that it would not only connect India with Ukraine but with about 40 European cities through its route network in a cost effective and competitive way.
"We are opening 80,000 seats between two capital cities in a year," he said.
The airlines has announced an inaugural return fare of INR 27,500 in economy and INR 1,14,000 for return Business class. Visa fee will be $85 which will require 11 working days. E Visa facility cna be availed too. The other cities on the UIA connectivity will be Amritsar, Bangalore and Mumbai other than Delhi.
UIA operates 42 airplanes for 35 countries and aims to have 2 flights daily come 2019 from Delhi to Kiev.
UIA India flight will have immediate connection to the European cities like Paris, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Warsaw, Brussels, Milan, Larnaca, Copenhagen, London (Gatwick), Prague, Chisinau, Madrid, Amsterdam, Zurich, Geneva, Vienna, Budapest, Rome, Helsinki, Athens, Frankfurt, Munich.
Ukraine is the first European country to offer visa on arrival for Indian Nationals who are holding Schengen, UK or USA visa. To avoid long queues at the Airport, it is advisable to get the visa in India through VFS. The cost of visa on arrival is USD 100.
UIA flight is expected to grow tourism by more than 20% this year because of the new flight Ukrainian Nationals are also entitled to get e-visa.
Subhash Goyal, Chairman STIC Travel Group predicts a huge growth for Inbound Tourists into India, not only from Ukraine but also from all the East European and Central European Countries.
UIA also had a meeting with Air India on 01st May and discussed the possibilities of code share and SPAs (Special Prorate Agreement) so that UIA can sell all the major cities in India by offering thru fares from all the major cities in Europe to all the major cities in India and South East Asia.
Earlier in the day the lamp lighting was done at Indira Gandhi International Airport Delhi by Igor Polikha, Ambassador of Ukraine in India, Simon Bundle, Vice President Industry and international Affairs, and Subhash Goyal, Chairman, STIC Travel Group.