AeroSvit Airlines Notes Substantial Growth In Demand For Flights Between Ukraine And Israel

AeroSvit Airlines has significantly increased the load factor on its flights to and from Israel. In February 2011, it grew by 20% compared to the same period in 2010.

At present the load factor on the majority of AeroSvit Airlines’ flights between Kyiv and Tel Aviv is 80%. Taking into account the traditional decline in passenger demand for this destination during this season, these figures are considered to be rather high.

In particular, on February 9 — the day the intergovernmental agreement on visa regime liberalization between Ukraine and Israel came into force — the average load factor on the AeroSvit Airlines’ flights was 90%.

«Definitely, we feel that demand has increased in light of the cancellation of visa requirements for citizens of Ukraine and Israel. However, the main factor that led to the increase in passenger traffic on flights to Tel Aviv was AeroSvit Airlines’ successfully implemented strategy,» remarked Anton Mattis, First Deputy Director General for Commerce at AeroSvit Airlines. «Quite in advance — in summer 2010 — we commenced proactive development of a program of flights to Israel by substantially increasing their frequency. Simultaneously, throughout the year, AeroSvit Airlines has been developing its flight network and increasing the number of connections at its base airport — Boryspil Airport. As a result, a convenient schedule of Kyiv-Tel Aviv flights provides their connection with the majority of AeroSvit Airlines’ international and domestic destinations. Therefore, the increased point-to-point passenger traffic to Israel was enforced with a substantial transit component».

AeroSvit Airlines has been providing air carriage between the cities of Ukraine and Israel since 1994. The Ukrainian carrier doubled the frequency of its flights to Israel during the winter season 2010/2011 compared to the previous period. At present, AeroSvit Airlines performs 16 flights per week from different Ukrainian cities to Tel Aviv, including 13 flights from Kyiv and one flight from Odesa, Dnipropetrovsk and Donetsk.

In summer, AeroSvit Airlines intends to continue developing this destination by doubling the number of flights to Tel Aviv from regional centers of Ukraine.

Israeli President Shimon Peres appreciated AeroSvit Airlines’ experience in the Israeli market, the airline’s convenient flight schedule and the successful implementation of its connections model. He paid an official visit to Ukraine in November 2010. He showed his preference for AeroSvit Airlines by choosing this carrier for his flights from Tel Aviv to Kyiv, then to Dnipropetrovsk and back.

The agreement to cancel visa requirements for Ukrainian and Israeli citizens traveling between the two countries for short-term came into force on February 9, 2011. As of that day, citizens of Ukraine and Israel are allowed to enter each other’s country, transit through it or stay for up to 90 days without getting a visa. The intergovernmental agreement on the mutual waiver of visa requirements for citizens of the two states was signed on July 21, 2010.

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