Embattled AeroSvit struggles to maintain flight schedule

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Ukrainian carrier AeroSvit has cancelled 17 flights scheduled for 8 January, evidence of mounting pressure on the struggling airline's operations.

AeroSvit is battling a debt crisis and some of its aircraft have been subject to detention at their destination.

Kiev Borispol airport's operator has listed 17 flights which are being cancelled on 8 January. These include international departures to Stockholm, Budapest, Tel Aviv and Chisinau.

Another five domestic flights - to Donetsk, Odessa and Simferopol - have also been axed, along with their return services, the operator adds.

It states that AeroSvit passengers should note the possibility of "deviations from the flight schedule" by the carrier over the next few days. Borispol's operator has already warned AeroSvit that it is prepared to withdraw handling services from 9 January unless payment obligations are met.