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UAI ferries are transported to Spain as insurance coverage for Ukrainian airspace

Tensions on the Ukrainian border continue to rise. This weekend was the first cancellation of the Dutch flagship KLM suspended flights between Amsterdam and Kiev. Memories of the downed flight of 14 Malaysia Airlines flights over Ukraine in 2014, when two-thirds of passengers were citizens of the Netherlands, undoubtedly played a role in the first transition.

British Airways, like Norwegian Air, is staying away from airspace that could be affected. However, others consider the security threat exaggerated with airBaltic adding additional services to the Ukrainian capital. The Ukrainian government has promised to keep its airspace open despite rising hostilities.

At the same time, the airline Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) also actively responded to the situation by taking other precautionary measures. On Monday, the airline said its insurers had stopped insuring at least some of the planes operating in the country’s airspace. This came after a warning from the US State Department that Russia could invade Ukraine at any time. UIA told about it Reuters in a statement that,

“UIA is making efforts and is constantly negotiating with insurance companies, the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine, the State Aviation Administration and hopes for mutual understanding.”

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Headed to Castellon

Now several planes are leaving Kyiv for long-term storage. Five of the carrier’s 12 Boeing 737-800 aircraft headed to Castellón Airport (CDT) in Spain during Valentine’s Day. Castellón was a place of storage The BA Boeing 747 caught fire in November 2020, two other aircraft were also sent to Serbia for scheduled maintenance.

SkyUp is also in trouble

UIA is not the only victim of the loss of trust of insurers. Ukrainian startup charter and low-cost carrier SkyUp Airlines was also forced to stop selling tickets as insurance companies, and lessors withdrew their protection.

The airline was forced to redirect the flight from Portugal to Ukraine after the owner of the plane did not allow him to enter the airspace of Ukraine. Weekly flight PQ902 from Funchal to Kiev on Saturday, February 12, landed instead in Chisinau in Moldova.

SkyUp Airlines, which began operations in 2018, has a fleet of 15 Boeing 737s. All aircraft with an average age of 14 are leased, and eight aircraft were marked as parked before the loss of insurance coverage.

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The government promises support

On Sunday, the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denis Shmygal said that the government has allocated 16.6 billion hryvnia ($ 591.98 million). ensure flight safety for insurance and leasing companies. According to BBCThis was announced over the weekend by Deputy Head of Presidential Administration Kirill Tymoshenko.

“Ukraine is ready to make financial commitments on aircraft safety in the Ukrainian sky. To ensure flight safety, the government today decided to allocate funds from the Reserve Fund of the state budget of the Ministry of Infrastructure. Guarantees will be provided for insurance companies, reinsurance companies, leasing companies and airlines.”

Were you affected by the change of route or the suspension of flights due to rising tensions on the border between Russia and Ukraine? Leave a comment below and share your experiences.


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