Irish low-cost airline Ryanair refuses to work with Ukraine

 Irish low-cost airline Ryanair refuses to work with Ukraine

Irish low-cost airline Ryanair (RYA.I) has canceled plans to start flying to Ukraine, saying that the main airport in Kiev had not honored terms agreed earlier this year.

Ryanair had been in negotiations with Boryspil airport since announcing in March that it planned new routes to Kiev and Lviv.

Earlier this month, Ukrainian International Airlines (UIA), which is part-owned by powerful tycoon Ihor Kolomoisky, denied in a statement that it had been lobbying to prevent a deal between Ryanair and Boryspil.

"Kiev airport has ... chosen to protect high-fare airlines and deprive Ukrainian consumers/visitors access to Europe's lowest air fares," Ryanair said in a statement. "We regret also that Lviv Airport has fallen victim to Kiev Airport's decision."

The carrier said it would transfer the capacity to other markets, such as Germany, Israel and Poland. A spokesman for Boryspil airport did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment, Reuters reported.

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