The Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Vladislav Krikliy said that due to the situation with the spread of coronavirus and the closure of borders, some carriers increased the cost of tickets by 10 times. In this regard, the government decided to set a ceiling price for tickets.
On March 16, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine instructed to establish maximum tariffs for air passenger transportation services that ensure the return of Ukrainian citizens home. This was reported by the press service of the government.
We are talking about international and domestic flights.
The decision of the government will be valid for the entire period of activities aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus infection, specified in the press service.
The report did not provide specific tariffs; the Ministry of Infrastructure also did not inform about them.
The Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Vladislav Krikliy said at a briefing in Kiev on March 17 that some carriers increased the cost of tickets 10 times, reports the correspondent of the publication “GORDON”.
“I want to recall the Chicago Convention [о международной гражданской авиации] and tell everyone: “Dear carriers, if you sold tickets, you must return the passengers. We will return them anyway. But if we return them at our own expense, we will contact [в суд] with claims to compensate for this money. Please do not speculate on this and do not increase the cost, “the minister addressed representatives of the airline business.
As part of countermeasures the spread of coronavirus infection On the night of March 16, Ukraine completely banned foreign citizens from entering the territory of the country, and from March 17 it stopped air communication with other countries.
According to the Foreign Ministry, more than 3.6 thousand Ukrainians who are abroad were asked to return them home.
Starting March 15, Ukraine on airplanes evacuated its citizens from a number of countries, including 1.5 thousand people from Egypt, 123 – from Italy, more than 100 – from Georgia and 74 – from Lebanon.
On the eve of the termination of flights, prices for flights of Ukraine’s International Airlines increased several times. The Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine has promised to verify the validity of increasing the cost of tickets, and UIA said that it is formed by a special calculation system Revenue Management System, which “eliminates the possibility of cost formation in manual mode.”
An outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus infection began in late 2019 in China. March 11, the World Health Organization announced the spread of coronavirus pandemic. According to the WHO, as of March 17, 179 843 people were infected with coronavirus in more than 150 countries, 7176 people died.
In Ukraine, as of March 16, seven cases of coronavirus infection were confirmed (four of them in the Chernivtsi region, two in Kiev), one of the cases, a 71-year-old resident of the Zhytomyr region, died. Abroad, one Ukrainian died from COVID-19 (she lived and worked in Italy), eight more (in Germany, Italy, Poland, Moldova and the United Arab Emirates) are treated.