Bmi to launch LHR-Kiev route

16 Jan 2009 by Mark Caswell

Bmi has gained
approval from the CAA to fly five times per week from Heathrow to Kiev, and will
now go head-to-head with British Airways on the route.

BA already flies
daily from Heathrow to the Ukranian capital, and had applied for the five extra
flights that had been made available following a recent agreement between the
UK and Ukraine governments. But Bmi has been granted the new frequencies, with
CEO Nigel Turner saying:

“Now that we have clarification on our
access to this route we can now focus in more detail about the introduction of
services and will be making a further announcement in due course about our
plans to serve this market.”

Wizzair also
flies four times-weekly from London Luton to Kiev, while Ukraine International
Airlines (majority-owned by the State Property Fund of Ukraine, with Austrian
Airlines holding a 22.5 per cent share) serves the Ukraine capital from Gatwick
nine times per week.

Kiev has seen
several major hotel brands announcing projects in recent years. Hyatt opened a
Regency property on Saint Sophia Square last year, while the Intercontinental
Kiev is due to open this year, and a Radisson airport property is slated for
late 2010.

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