Ukrainian passenger should be in the focus of development of the
transport industry, in particular in the field of air transportation and the
working conditions ought to be equal and competitive for different market
participants, asserted Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr
Groysman during a special meeting on air traffic
development in Ukraine.
The meeting was also attended by representatives of the Ministry of
Infrastructure of Ukraine, Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, Antimonopoly Committee,
the State Property Fund of Ukraine, leadership of the Borispol
and the Kyiv (Zhulyany) airports as well as
Association "Airports of Ukraine" and the Director of the Investment
Support Office of Ukraine Danylo Bilak.
«The focus is on passengers and price competition. There is a passenger
and there are basic conditions designed to attract airlines», accentuated the
Head of Government, adding that such basic conditions may be the subject of
discussions based on clear economic indicators.
In the context of the meeting, the Prime Minister commented on the
refusal of the Irish low-cost airline Ryanair to
enter the Ukrainian market. He stressed the importance of analyzing the
situation, assessing the progress of Ryanair's
negotiations with Ukrainian airports and proposing solutions that could be
mutually beneficial to market participants. «We are open and ready to attract
various airlines, including companies that operate on the low-cost model. But not at any cost. Working environment must be
competitive. We offer to all participants the same basic conditions»,
emphasized the Prime Minister.
Moreover, Volodymyr Groysman
added that he could not rule out the possibility of the reset of the
negotiation process with Ryanair based on economic
calculations and the need for development, including regional airport
«I understand that it is necessary to adopt a number of decisions. We
have heard that there is suspicion that negotiation process was
non-transparent, thereby it is crucial to appeal to the National
Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine and Antimonopoly Committee in order to assess
whether there is abuse of monopoly status. It is of utmost importance to
restart the negotiation process with Ryanair. I call
on the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine, the leadership of the Boryspil airport, as well as the Investment Support Office
to engage in the process. I urge to step up the work on drawing up the strategy
for the transport industry development in its air segment and to show how we
will develop airline infrastructure. Lack of strategy raises a question», the
Prime Minister claimed.
The Prime Minister emphasized that it is crucial to ensure passengers
from Ukraine and abroad to benefit from all results. «I commissioned to
elaborate the said Strategy by September, but I would ask to bring the
presentation closer to August. I would like to see the strategy of development
of air direction - airports, airlines and attraction of low-cost companies We will attract the said companies transparently, in as
short a time as possible and on an equal footing. I am waiting for proposals»,
underscored Volodymyr Groysman.