Kyiv will get five flights a week from London Stansted, Ryanair’s biggest base, together with three each from Stockholm, Manchester in northern England and Eindhoven in the Netherlands. Lviv will have three weekly services from the Polish cities of Krakow and Wroclaw and two apiece from Stansted, Eindhoven, Berlin, Budapest and Memmingen, 80 kilometers (50 miles) east of Munich.
By Volodymyr Verbyany for Bloomberg, March 15, 2017
Ryanair Holdings Plc will extend its network further east than ever before with flights from Ukraine, targeting a market the low-cost giant says has huge pent-up demand while heightening competition with rival Wizz Air Holdings Plc.
Services will begin in October with four routes to the Ukrainian capital Kyiv and seven to the western city of Lviv, Europe’s biggest discount airline said Wednesday, predicting that the flights will attract 510,000 passengers a year.
Ryanair has been expanding into eastern Europe and parts of the former Soviet Union as western markets become increasingly saturated. Chief Commercial Officer David O’Brien said Kyiv has about three airline passengers a year per head of population compared with 15 in Dublin, where the company is based.