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Kharkov and Dnepropetrovsk airports to reopen on Tuesday

December 16, 2014, 0:18 UTC+3 KIEV
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KIEV, December 16 /TASS/. Flights over Ukraine’s Dnepropetrovsk and Kharkov regions will resume on Tuesday morning while a flight ban will continue at Zaporozhye airport till Saturday, Denis Antonyuk, the head of Ukraine’s State Aviation Service, told the Ukrainian Internet portal Vesti on Monday.

“We decided to secure ourselves and extended the flight ban at Zaporozhye airport till Saturday,” Antonyuk said.

Ukraine’s State Aviation Service closed the airports in Kharkov, Dnepropetrovsk and Zaporozhye, southeast Ukraine, on December 13 for security reasons as Ukraine’s Security Service launched anti-terror operations at these airports, the Ukrainian online publication Apostrof reported referring to Vladislav Seleznyov, a representative of the security operation headquarters.

The airports’ closure has seriously affected the flight business. Ukraine’s air company Dnepravia has announced it is on the verge of bankruptcy.

“Ukraine’s State Aviation Service totally paralyzed Dnepravia’s work by banning flights between Dnepropetrovsk and Moscow and all frights from Dnepropetrovsk airport on November 28 and December 12, respectively,” Dnepravia reported on its website.

Dnepravia is the only air company that used to make flights between Ukrainian regions. However, it is expected to announce its bankruptcy before the New Year.

“About 400 employees with an average salary of 15,000 hryvnias will be left without jobs. But the cabinet of ministers seems not to notice these losses. Moreover, the company has not received a single explanation why those bans were imposed exactly for that period,” Ukraine’s State Aviation Service said.

Ukraine’s State Aviation Service banned all flights to and from Donetsk and from Kharkov to Moscow in May. In December, it banned all flights from Dnepropetrovsk to Moscow.

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