TBILISI, DFWatch–Wizz Air is ending flights between Georgia and Ukraine from April 20 because the company Wizz Air Ukraine is being dissolved.
“This decision was made, with regret, due to the ongoing instability in Eastern Ukraine, the devaluation and volatility of the Ukrainian Hryvnia currency, the imitations in paying suppliers due to foreign exchange controls and the uncertainties surrounding the new aviation order and the restrictions it might impose,” the company’s statement reads.
For the same reasons, the company reduced the number of aircrafts in Ukraine in 2014 from four to two aircrafts.
According to the statement, Wizz Air Hungary will open a new operating base in Kiev with one aircraft based there.
“From 20 April 2015, Wizz Air Hungary will operate 8 routes into and out of Ukraine, to be followed by the opening of a base in Kiev with one Airbus A320 aircraft on 4 June 2015. Also from 20 April 2015, Wizz Air Ukraine – currently flying two aircraft on 16 Ukrainian routes – will cease operations.”
Among the cancelled routes is also Kiev-Kutaisi. The company will reimburse the tickets for passengers who have booked flights after April 20.
As one of the cheapest airlines, Wizz Air offered flights from Georgia’s second largest city Kutaisi to Kiev for not more than EUR 70. Wizz Air began flights to Ukraine in 2012.
From the airport in Kutaisi, which is connected to Tbilisi by shuttle bus, Wizz Air also offers flights to Hungary, Poland and Lithuania.