Business News Society, 21/09/2017

Kharkiv Air Service under Threat

The local authorities appealed to the government to prevent the closure of the airspace over Kharkiv. The petition upon Prime Minister of Ukraine Vladymyr Groysman was taken at the session of the Kharkiv City Council on September 20.

The European Aviation Safety Agency considers flights over Kharkiv dangerous. According to their decision, the city may lose air transportation service with Europe.

The information came to the City Council from New Systems AM company which runs Kharkiv International Airport. The State Aviation Administration of Ukraine received a bulletin from the Agency. It claims the flights within Dnipropetrovsk region are considered as dangerous. The restricted area includes Kharkiv, Dnipro and Zaporizhia international airports.

“This document, if adopted, will halt air service between Kharkiv and other countries. In this way, Kharkiv would find itself in aviation isolation. The region might become unattractive for foreign investors. It would also create difficulties for local entrepreneurs. As a result, it would adversely affect an economic status of Central and Eastern parts of Ukraine,” the petition states.

Members of the Kharkiv City Council noted that with the adoption of this document, the management of Kharkiv airport and related enterprises, as well as border and custom control points, would stop working. About 1,500 employees who are involved in the operation of the enterprises might lose their jobs.

In this regard, the Kharkiv City Council applied to the Prime Minister to make a decision on the issue on the state level. They also asked Volodymyr Groysman to appeal to the Agency to reverse the document, limiting the ban on flights only within the anti-terrorist operation zone.

Text: Natalia Ivanova

Photo: Kharkiv international airport