18:31 27.07.2017

UIA court claims concern discrimination towards other airlines, not operation of Ryanair in Ukraine

UIA court claims concern discrimination towards other airlines, not operation of Ryanair in Ukraine

Claims filed by Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) to court do not concern the operation of Ireland's low cost airline Ryanair in Ukraine or any obstacles to their operations, but they concern the discriminative conditions towards other airlines.

An Interfax-Ukraine correspondent reported that UIA President Yuriy Miroshnykov said at a press conference in Kyiv on Thursday.

Managing partner of Ecovis Bondar and Bondar law firm Oleh Bondar said that two claims were filed to courts: one seeking to declare unlawful the memorandum signed by the Infrastructure Ministry and Ryanair and to declare unlawful the conditions for servicing at the Lviv airport. Defenders in the first claim are the ministry and Ryanair and in the second claim – the Lviv airport and Ryanair.

"We see violation of legislation in signing the memorandum with the ministry and a commercial company. This is surprising when a government official signs such agreements," Miroshnykov said.

He named this memo a dangerous precedent for the aviation sector and the Ukrainian economy in general.

"This is a dangerous precedent and an attempt to interfere and press on economic entities. If this precedent is not assessed, and this can be done only by court, it would have negative consequences for he sector and the economy," Miroshnykov said.

As reported, Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan said that UIA has filed several claims to court, and in one of them the airline demands to annul a contract between the leading low cost airline in Europe Ryanair and the Lviv International Airport.

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