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Ukraine air company Aerosvit cancels 17 flights due to financial problems

January 08, 2013, 16:07 UTC+3

The corresponding report was posted on the website of the Kiev international airport Borispol

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KIEV, January 8 (Itar-Tass) —— The air company Aerosvit cancelled 17 flights, particularly eight arrivals and nine departures, on Tuesday. The corresponding report was posted on the website of the Kiev international airport Borispol.

“We ask the passengers to take into account the fact of cancelled flights of the air carrier in advance. We note possible changes in the flight schedule of the air company in next few days. Meanwhile, the Borispol airport is ready to serve all flights of domestic and international air carriers according to the routine flight schedule,” the Borispol international airport said in a statement.

Meanwhile, about 100 passengers have been waiting for a flight from Vietnam to Ukraine for more than a day. The Aerosvit airplane was arrested for the debts.

In the last few days the Aerosvit passengers also could not fly from the airports in Warsaw, Stockholm and Tel-Aviv. On January 7, ten Aerosvit flights were cancelled at the Borispol airport.

Meanwhile, tens of passengers could not fly according to the schedule from Israel to Kiev over the cancelled flight of the Aerosvit air company, Russian Consul in Tel-Aviv Ruslan Kandaurov told Itar-Tass on Tuesday. A total of 26 Russian citizens were stranded at the Tel-Aviv airport Ben Gurion.

The Russian diplomats are taking all the efforts to deliver people by other flights, but the problem is that all flights of the Russian companies are sold out until January 15. “People have an opportunity buy 2-3 tickets for each flight, but the passengers should buy the tickets themselves,” Kandaurov said. However, far from all tourists can do it, because they flied to Israel through the Ukrainian capital over cheap tickets.

The Russian consul noted that people will be constantly delivered by the flights of the Ukrainian air company International Airlines of Ukraine upon the agreement with his partners from the Ukrainian Consulate. One more problem is that the overwhelming majority of people arrived in Israel themselves, and it is unclear who will pay for their accommodation. Now the consular officers are dealing with the problem at the spot. “We will try to accommodate them in case of emergency,” the consul pledged.

The Israeli media reported that since January 6 about 500 citizens from Israel and Ukraine could not fly to the destination timely over the cancelled Aerosvit flights on the Tel-Aviv-Kiev route. They had to buy the tickets for the flights of other air companies.

On December 29, 2012, upon considering a petition from the foresaid air company, the Arbitration Court of the Kiev Region launched the court proceedings in the bankruptcy of the air company. Meanwhile, the court ruled to launch the procedure of the Aerosvit property crisis management. The court hearings are scheduled at a preparatory court session on January 23.

The debts of the air company to the creditors reached about 533 million dollars as of December 27, 2012.

The air company Aerosvit – Ukrainian Airlines, which was founded in 1994, is based at the Kiev airport Borispol. This air carrier has the most sweeping network of regular international routes, serves over 60 flights in 34 countries, including five transcontinental nonstop airlines to New York, Toronto, Beijing, New Delhi and Bangkok. Aerosvit ensures the transportation of the passengers in the largest Ukrainian cities, including Dnepropetrovsk, Donetsk, the Zaporozhye Region, Ivano-Frankovsk, Lvov, Odessa, Simferopol and Kharkov. The air company Aerosvit operates 28 airliners produced by the air company Boeing, including eight long-haul airliners Boeing-767 and 20 medium-haul airliners Boeing-737.


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