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Ryanair announces plans for a post-war return to Ukraine, $3 billion investment

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The largest airline in Europe, Ryanair, held a significant meeting in Kyiv with Oleksandr Kubrakov, the minister of infrastructure and deputy prime minister for Ukraine’s restoration, where it unveiled plans to invest significantly (over $3 billion) in a rapid rebuilding of Ukraine’s aviation sector after the war and when EASA declares that it is once again safe to fly to and from Ukraine.

Additionally, on the invitation of Oleksiy Dubrevskyy, CEO of Boryspil International Airport, Ryanair met today in Kyiv with representatives from the country’s three largest airports: Kyiv, Lviv, and Odesa.

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Senior management from Ryanair and the airport inspected the terminals, baggage claim, passenger check-in, boarding gate areas, control points, and aprons during the visit, and they were impressed by the excellent condition of the airport’s infrastructure and its operational readiness to resume flights when it was safe to do so. Ryanair commended the efforts made by the Boryspil International Airport staff to preserve and keep the airport’s infrastructure facilities operational throughout the war.

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Within eight weeks of Ukraine’s airspace being reopened, Ryanair has vowed to resuming low-cost flights there and back. This will involve 600 weekly flights by Ryanair aircraft connecting these cities to over 20 capitals of the EU from the principal airports in Kyiv, Lviv, and Odesa. As soon as the airports in Kyiv, Lviv, and Odesa can accommodate them, Ryanair also intends to start operating daily domestic flights between those cities.

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After the war, Ryanair intends to offer more than 5 million seats to, from, and within Ukraine in the first year. Over the next five years, this number will rise to more than 10 million. The Ukrainian government, Ryanair, and its three main airports have all committed to a quick rebuild of Ukraine’s aviation. As Ukraine rebuilds its economy in the wake of the invasion, Ryanair will base up to 30 new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft at the country’s three main airports, costing over $3 billion.

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