France helps Ukrainian civil aviation pilots maintain their qualifications

27 April, 08:52 PM
Wizz Air airplane (Photo:Wizz Air)

Wizz Air airplane (Photo:Wizz Air)

Ukrainian pilots and air traffic controllers are training on simulators and attending specialized schools in France, ready to resume flights once Ukrainian airspace reopens for civil aviation, French Transport Minister Clement Beaune said in an interview with Ukrainian Pravda on April 27.

During negotiations in Kyiv, Ukraine and France agreed to expand their cooperation in the field of civil aviation.

"We're talking about civil aviation; I discussed cooperation in this area in Kyiv, and we have a request from Ukraine", said Beaune.

The minister emphasized that if pilots do not practice constantly, they will not be qualified to resume flying once Ukraine reopens its airspace.

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“This is a very important matter; I hope that the moment when civil aviation flights resume over Ukraine will come soon,” he adds.

“But if aviators do not have practice, they will not have the right to resume work immediately due to safety regulations. That's why we are helping Ukraine to prepare for the moment when your airspace will be fully or partially open.”

According to Beaune, Ukraine already has some considerations regarding the reopening of the airspace, but safety remains the main issue.

It has been reported that Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair plans to return to Ukraine two weeks after the end of the war. The company has hired 60 Ukrainian pilots and 80 flight attendants, who are mainly stationed at Ryanair facilities in Poland, waiting for the conflict to end.

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