“On March 12, Italian low-cost air carrier Ernest Airlines performed its first flight to Rome (Italy),” Kharkiv Airport press-service informs.
Kharkiv officials and residents welcomed passengers of the first flight with karavay (a loaf) and flowers.
Ernest Airlines president Shadi El Tannir notes that opening of the new routes has been under negotiations for the last two years. “The company’s trust to the Kharkiv region was formed due to the joint work of the Embassy of Italy in Ukraine, the Kharkiv State Regional Administration, and local airport management,” he added.
“Opening of nonstop flights is always a major step: flights from Kharkiv to Rome and Milan are the longest in our system. It means about €10 million investments for our company. The airline is ready to serve the following four groups of passengers: Ukrainians who live in Italy or go there on vacations, a flow of tourists from Europe to Ukraine, businessmen from both sides and transit passengers who travel through Italy to Canada, where 5 million Ukrainians live, as well as to the USA,” explained Shadi El Tannir.
Counselor of the Italian Embassy in Ukraine Joel Melchiori emphasized that nonstop flights are the incentive for the development of relations between Ukrainian and Italian students, which is particularly important due to a visa-free regime.
On March 12 –April 4, these flights are available three times per week: on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and starting from April 4 – on Thursdays and Sundays. Ticket price starts from about 1,930 UAH (65 €), including hand luggage. Flight duration is approximately 3 hours.
Text: Natalia Ivanova
Photo: Kharkiv Airport