On Sunday, 27 October, Ryanair launched flights from Kharkiv to Vilnius, Lithuania, and Poznań, Poland, the all-new destinations for the city. On both routes, tickets start from EUR 14.99 or UAH 419 (as of the time of the publication, luggage not included). The tickets are already available for booking from the carrier’s website, as well as from airport ticket counters (0 800 303 803).
“We’re delighted to officially launch our Kharkiv winter 2019 schedule, with the start of our 2 new routes to Poznan and Vilnius. This winter Ryanair will operate 3 routes to/from Kharkiv, which will help to deliver 170.000 customers to/from Kharkiv airport p.a. To celebrate, we are releasing seats for sale from just €14.99 for travel from now until the end of March 2020, which are available for booking until midnight, Wednesday 30th Oct. Since these amazing low fares will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com and avoid missing out,” said Olga Pawlonka, sales and marketing manager for Ryanair in Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans.
“Kharkiv International Airport keeps working on the expansion of its flight portfolio and offerings. We want to enable as many people as possible to travel wherever they need from here, be it students or business people. Ryanair’s EUR 14.99 direct flights are one of the best value propositions out there for travelers,” said Volodymyr Vasylchenko, the CEO of Kharkiv International Airport’s operator company New Systems AM, a part of Oleksandr Yaroslavsky’s DCH.
The inaugural flight from Kharkiv to Vilnius departed at 9:30 on 27 October, marking the first time ever the residents of Kharkiv got an opportunity to use direct flights to Lithuania. Going forward, the flights will depart on Wednesdays and Sundays. The trip takes 1 hour and 45 minutes.
“It’s so great that Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, is connected to four Ukrainian cities already. I’m confident that it will revitalize tourism, as well as family and business bonds between Lithuania and Ukraine. Now the Lithuanians will have more convenience getting to Ukraine’s second-largest city and major economic and cultural hub, and the residents of Kharkiv — discovering Lithuania in all its glory for themselves. Flying with Ryanair for the first time in 2008, I hoped the company would expand to the neighboring countries east from the EU. Fortunately, it is an accomplished fact today,” commented Marius Janukonis, Lithuania’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Ukraine.
The first flight to Poznań departed at 22:00 on the same day. Taking 2 hours and 25 minutes, these flights will be scheduled on Thursdays and Sundays. The residents of Kharkiv thus have the benefit of direct flights to six Polish cities in total now. In addition to Poznań, Kharkiv International Airport offers flights to Warsaw, Katowice, Gdańsk, Kraków, and Wroclaw.
Ireland’s Ryanair partnered with Kharkiv International Airport in end-March 2019. In June, the carrier started offering flights on Kharkiv–Kraków route. Overall, the company operates over 2,000 routes between 239 airports in 40 countries.