Milan to Kharkiv on Ukraine International Airlines twice a week

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Joining Milan Bergamo Airport’s airline roll call last April, Ukraine International Airlines launched its third service almost a year to the day since its inaugural flight to the Italian gateway. Adding a twice-weekly link to Kharkiv on 27 April, the Ukrainian flag carrier’s latest operation was welcomed the same day the airline’s seasonal service to Chernivtsi restarted.

As Milan Bergamo celebrates its fifth link to Ukraine, the airport has experienced a significant boost of onward connections via the airlines’ hub at Kiev Boryspil. Providing Bergamo’s catchment area with access to the airline’s domestic network, as well as significant long-haul connectivity, the first 12 months has shown the top 10 connecting destinations being: Beijing; Odessa; Minsk; Chernivtsi; Kharkiv; Lviv; Tel Aviv; New York JFK; Zaporozhye; and Ivano-Frankovsk. Additionally the top 10 connecting countries recorded as: Ukraine; China; Belarus; Israel; US; Georgia; Cyprus; Armenia; Finland; and Sri Lanka.

“Ukraine International Airlines’ first year with us has been a great success with our new airline partner carrying more than 90,000 passengers in its first 12 months at Milan Bergamo,” explained Giacomo Cattaneo, Director of Commercial Aviation, SACBO. “Together with the airline’s new link to Kharkiv we welcome the news of the intercontinental routes being launched this summer to Delhi and Toronto – both of which we expect will deliver substantial growth in connecting traffic via Kiev Boryspil,” highlighted Cattaneo.

Joining Ernest’s services to Lviv and Kiev Zhulyany, Ukraine International Airlines’ three links to Ukraine secure the country’s position as the 11th largest country market to be served from Milan Bergamo. Recording over 6% passenger traffic growth in the first quarter of the year, the new connection to the Eastern European nation will further enhance the airport’s ongoing development.

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Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.