Ukrainian carrier Dniproavia will introduce a three weekly service between Kiev and Ljubljana this summer, connecting the two cities for the first time in six years. The airline will run flights each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from Borispol Airport to the Slovenian capital with its fifty-seat Embraer E145 aircraft starting June 27. Tickets are already on sale through the carrier's website. The news comes several months after the President of Ukraine and his Slovenian counterpart reached an agreement to restore air services between the two countries. Adria Airways last operated the route in the summer of 2011 on a seasonal basis, however, the two weekly flights were suspended as part of the airline's wide-ranging cost cutting measures at the time. In 2014, the company intended to resume services and applied for permits and slots at Kiev Airport. Those plans were subsequently shelved with the outbreak of violence in Ukraine.
After fulfilling all criteria of the European Union's Visa Liberalisation Plan, Ukrainian nationals are expected to be granted visa free travel to the Schengen Zone by June this year, which will significantly boost travel. Dniproavia maintains a small network of seven scheduled destinations, four of which are in Ukraine. Furthermore, the airline operates a range of charter flights. It boasts a fleet of eleven E145s. Return ticket prices for its new Ljubljana service start from 120 euros. Further flight details for the Kiev - Ljubljana route can be found here.
Dniproavia will launch flights to Ljubljana a month after Adria expressed strong interest to introduce services between the two countries. “Ukraine has potential. We are now in negotiations with Ukrainian airports and are exchanging ideas. I cannot go into detail at this moment but we are discussing a direct service between Ljubljana and Ukraine”, Adria's Chief Commercial Officer said recently. It is believed Adria was considering flights to both Lviv and Vinnytsia. Last month, the Slovenian aviation regulator met with the Ukrainian Ambassador to Slovenia to amend their bilateral air agreement which limited flight operations between the two countries only to Kiev and Ljubljana, excluding all other airports in the process.