UIA shifting strategy away from charters and back to long-hauls
Ukrainian International Airlines, Ukraine’s largest airline, expects passenger traffic to increase by 34 percent in 2022 compared to 2021 - up to 4.3 million people. Flights are expected to grow by 30 percent, to more than 37,000 per year.
That’s according to a new financial strategy proposed by the airline’s management, UIA’s press service reported on Dec. 21.
Corresponding indicators have been included in its budget for 2022, which was approved by the airline’s Supervisory Board on Dec. 20.
In 2022, UIA management plans to reduce its charter programs by 34 percent, while increasing traffic dynamics by almost 36 percent compared to 2021.
“The budget stipulates that 2022 will be a year of expansion for the UIA fleet after the forced reduction in 2020-2021, as well as the return of long-haul aircraft such as the Boeing 777,” commented UIA CEO Yevheniy Dykhne.
“The Supervisory Board has confirmed the restart of long-haul flights to New York, Toronto, and Delhi. We’re also preparing for the reopening of the hub at the Boryspil International Airport with three waves of expansion. In general, the restart of the UIA network should be 60 percent of the pre-crisis 2019 indicator,” Currently, the UIA fleet consists of 25 planes.”
Earlier, it was reported that UIA had introduced a new long-haul charter program. In first three quarters of 2021 UIA performed more charter flights than in the pre-coronavirus year of 2019 by cutting down on scheduled flights.
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