Despite Ukraine being in a pandemic slump, international and national airlines are preparing to ramp up airline traffic as early as April.
More routes to and from Ukraine will be available for both international tourists and Ukrainians alike. From this April already, Ryanair is planning to launch 18 routes from Ukraine, the company announced according to Ukraine Business News.
Among them, 13 destinations are going from Boryspil to Vienna, Sofia, Berlin, Bergamo, Rome, Vilnius, Gdansk, Katowice, Krakow, Poznan, Warsaw, Wroclaw and London, the newsletter writes.
Last month, Ukraine International Airlines announced that they would resume flights on seven different international routes and increase the frequency of flights on those routes, that are already active.
Serious dent in tourism
Ukraine is not different than other countries. The pandemic did damage the hospitality sector in Ukraine, and it is going to be a long road to recovery for the country. According to Kyiv Post the industry has lost 2 billion USD.
However, it has now been one year since COVID19 started spreading in the Western part of the world. Staying home has been a new normal, but for some people, the travel restrictions and lockdowns have become too much.
According to Kyiv Post, a number of Europeans are now going to Ukraine to enjoy the relatively relaxed COVID19 restrictions. It is still not enough to close the hole left by the pandemic.
State of pandemic
At the moment, it is unclear how many daily cases are registered in Ukraine, because the number of tests performed is fluctuating from as low as 20.000 tests daily to 100.000 daily tests. That makes it hard to evaluate which way it is going.
There are some indicators, though, that the pandemic is getting a stronger grip on Ukraine and the population. Currently, 214.000 people are registered as infected, but that number could be much higher.
Around 10.000 new cases was registered for the past 24 hours. One thing is consistent in the statistics. The number of recoveries are generally lower than the number of new cases, giving a grim outlook.
At the same time, Ukrainians are widely reluctant to get vaccinated, and the vaccination progress is still slow, all though it is picking up the pace. A little more than 60.000 vaccinations has been administered as of today.