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Ukraine starts official talks on resumption of air traffic

Negotiations are underway with European and three Ukrainian companies. 

Ukraine starts official talks on resumption of air traffic
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Ukraine is starting official talks with airline regulators to resume flights, but no timetable has been set. This was reported by Oleksandr Kubrakov, Minister for Communities, Territories and Infrastructure Development of Ukraine, in an interview with RBC-Ukraine.

According to him, it is impossible to carry out international flights without the approval of two regulators - European and American.

"The Ukrainian side is already sharing with the regulators its vision of how the market will operate under martial law, its risk assessment, approaches, and algorithms," he said.

Kubrakov noted that the Ukrainian side is currently consulting with Israel, as this country is the most successful example of a country where airports operate at a time when "drones or missiles can hit any time".

"Israel is the most successful example. We have spent a lot of time consulting with the Israeli Civil Aviation Authority. By the way, the majority of it is headed by former military people," the minister reminded.

He stressed that no timeframe for the resumption of flights has been announced yet, but that official negotiations are planned to begin.

"I don't want to talk about any deadlines, but now we will officially convey our vision to the regulators and enter into official negotiations with them," Kubrakov said.

The minister noted that various scenarios are being considered, but it is important to "hear the first official feedback from the regulators".

Kubrakov also said that European airlines are already interested in opening up flight opportunities to Ukraine. In particular, Ryanair.

"Ryanair came and said they wanted the entire market as soon as the airspace is opened, they are submitting dozens of applications," the minister said.

Negotiations are also underway with three Ukrainian companies that want to resume flights. 

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