Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, is returning to Kharkiv International Airport. The carrier will resume flights to the city after a three-year-break. Wizz Air suspended flights from the unofficial capital of eastern Ukraine in 2014 because of the security situation in the region.
Wizz Air Communications Manager Sorina Ratz confirmed the re-start of cooperation with Kharkiv International Airport via a 27 November announcement: “Today we are pleased to bring exciting news to our Ukrainian customers about restarting operations from Kharkiv. We are also announcing five more services for 2018. The whole Wizz Air team looks forward to welcoming our customers on board one of the youngest fleets in Europe and to continuing to grow our Ukrainian network throughout Europe.”
Kharkiv International Airport Director General Volodymyr Vasylchenko stressed that cooperation with Wizz Air is vital for the airport as it will facilitate further expansion of the network and create new possibilities for passengers due to lower fares. “We are extremely pleased to see the expansion of the European routes network we can offer. We will continue to maintain high standards of service and comfort for our partners and passengers.”
Wizz Air will launch a number of new services in Ukraine next year. From April 2018, the airline will fly from Kharkiv to Dortmund (Germany) on Thursdays and Sundays. Meanwhile, from June 2018 the airline will offer services to Katowice (Poland) on Wednesdays and Fridays. Fares will start at UAH 869 and UAH 579 respectively. In 2018, eight new Wizz Air routes in total will enter service from three Ukrainian airports.
Kharkiv International Airport was renovated by Oleksandr Yaroslavsky’s DCH Group as part of preparations for Kharkiv’s role as one of four Ukrainian host cities during the Euro 2012 football championships. Yaroslavsky’s investment into the project totaled over USD 100 million and included the construction of a completely new passenger terminal building. According to data covering 2016, the Airports Council International Europe (ACI EUROPE) rates Kharkiv International Airport as one of Europe’s most rapidly developing European airports. Featured in the fourth ACI EUROPE category of airports with passenger traffic of up to five million people annually, Kharkiv posted a 60.1% year-on-year increase in passenger volumes.