Ukraine’s major airline will perform at least eight flights to return Ukrainians from abroad on March 23-28. The locations are from Brussels, London, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Baku, Dubai, New York and Toronto. The bookings are available for March 23 – 28, according to Ukraine International Airlines’ (UIA) statement.
Toronto’s special flight has already been dubbed as potentially “one of the largest operations of all currently under way by the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine,” said Ukraine’s Ambassador to Canada Andriy Shevchenko. He also noted that he and colleagues from the Consulate of Ukraine in Toronto will be at the airport to resolve the possible issues.
UIA scheduled its flight from Kyiv to Toronto on March 25, and on March 26 Ukrainian citizens (and holders of residence permits in Ukraine, diplomats, their families) will be able to board the plane at Toronto Pearson Airport at 5 pm local time. Arrival to Kyiv is expected on March 27 at 9:30 a.m. Tickets are available on the UIA website. The Toronto-Kyiv flight starts at Hr 13,681 (nearly $500) for economy class.
Shevchenko adds that there won’t be a free flight to Ukraine.
“We understand the desire of many to make UIA a free flight on Thursday. It will not be so. In the absolute majority of cases, where commercial carriers are involved in returning citizens of Ukraine, Canada, and other countries back home, the passenger pays for the ticket. We are grateful to UIA for its readiness to fly in the current environment and we ask everyone to understand the Ukrainian airline, which is going through the most difficult year in its history. We are counting on a fair ticket price.”