Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) has announced that Ukraine's leading international carrier, Ukraine International Airlines (UIA), will commence the first direct service from Abu Dhabi to Kiev.
The initial flight is scheduled to depart from Abu Dhabi International Airport on Friday September 25, with twice weekly flights due to arrive in Abu Dhabi on Mondays and Fridays with returns early on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Ukraine International Airlines will operate a Boeing 737 aircraft configured in two product classes, business and economy, for the flight which is expected to take around five and a half hours in each direction.
The service forms one of the key components to build upon the already strong business links between the Ukraine and the UAE.
Other measures include the establishment of the Ukraine - UAE Business Council to facilitate trade and economic relations and realize the potential commercial opportunities between the two nations.
Mohammed Al Bulooki, vice president of Airline Marketing and Aeronautical Revenue of ADAC, said: "We warmly welcome Ukraine International Airlines with their new route to Kiev, which helps to expand the number of European destinations serviced directly from Abu Dhabi International Airport."
Yuri Miroshnikov, president of Ukraine International Airlines, added:"We have already had a great response from our business customers wishing to take advantage of the convenient new direct service, and leisure passengers travelling to experience the distinctive Arabic hospitality and unique culture and heritage of the UAE."