Lviv IT Cluster will participate in #SaveRyanairForUkraine flashmob, which is organized by the community called Creative City. Tomorrow, on July, 13 at 6 pm, Lviv activists will gather at Arena Lviv Stadium in order to make the Ryanair’s logo with cars. It is expected that the flashmob will attract the attention of the media and the public.
The Irish low-cost company Ryanair announced the launching of 7 new routes from Lviv to Krakow, Wroclaw, Berlin, Budapest, Eindhoven, London, and Memmingen and 4 flights from Kyiv to Eindhoven, Stockholm, London, and Manchester starting from October, 29. It was already possible to buy tickets on the official Ryanair website with the price starting from 19,99 Euro. However, after negotiations with Boryspil airport in Kyiv, on July,10, Ryanair announced about canceling all flights in Ukraine. Although, the company has already signed the contract with Lviv International Airport.
According to the IT Research, conducted by Lviv IT Cluster in 2015, 90% of IT companies’ customers are from abroad. Another research within the IT Jet project shows, that the main routes of Lviv IT business are New York, London, San Francisco, Berlin, Tel-Aviv, Krakow, Sofia, Moscow, Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Mumbai. During the research, 6021 business flights made in 2015 from Lviv were analyzed.
As we see, Ryanair planned to launch new flights to some of the most important destinations for Lviv IT business: London, Berlin, and Krakow.
Affordable flights and good connection with the main European cities are very important for the developing of IT and any other businesses in Lviv. That’s why Lviv IT Cluster started the IT Jet project two years ago to improve the infrastructure in Lviv and help to expand the network of flights operating from Lviv.
“The route network of Lviv International Airport consists of 30 international destinations. These are a few cities in Europe and resort destinations such as Turkey and Egypt. There is no direct connection with the USA, as well as with many other European cities. The new Ryanair flights were a very good possibility for the developing of the city and IT, building partnerships with other European cities. The cancellation of those flights is a big minus for our country in general. Lviv IT Cluster will do everything possible to change the situation in the future” – says Stepan Veselovskyi, CEO at Lviv IT Cluster.
Ryanair will now transfer all their capacity planned for Ukraine to competing markets, such as Germany, Israel, and Poland. However, the company might continue cooperating with Ukraine in the future. “Ryanair plans to grow from 130 million passengers this year to 200 million passengers by 2024 and hopes that Ukraine might participate in this growth at some point in the future” – says the Ryanair’s Chief Commercial Officer, David O’Brien.