At year-end, Ukraine International Airlines has laid off about 1,000 employees and performed 72% fewer flights due to the economic crisis and the lockdown policy in the world.
"During the lockdown, the airline optimized its work: reduced expenditure items by three times, optimized the fleet and proportionally reduced the staff by about 1,000 people," the company summed up its results of 2020.
In total, from January to December, the airline operated about 17,000 flights, or 72% less compared to 2019.
During this period, UIA transported 1.79 million passengers. This is four times less than in 2019, when about 8 million passengers were transported.
At year-end, the company transported 4.82 million kg of cargo (15.07 million in 2019) and 1.35 million kg of mail (4.4 million in 2019).
In 2021, UIA plans to restore its own route network by 64% of the volume of 2019. Restoration is planned only from April 2021 with the start of the summer tourist season.
In particular, it is planned to launch 43 international and 7 domestic routes from Boryspil International Airport.
Recall that with the lockdown introduction from March 28 to June 15, Ukraine completely closed the airspace for aviation. Domestic flights resumed from 5 June.
In April 2020, UIA announced that as a result of the flights’ suspension during quarantine, losses would amount to $ 60 million.