Transaero pins hopes on elections as Ukrainian traffic takes hit

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Transaero Airlines chief executive Olga Pleshakova says she hopes upcoming Ukrainian presidential elections due to take place on 25 May will help defuse political tensions and lead to a “peaceful outcome” to the crisis, which has taken a toll on the Russian carrier’s traffic.

“After May 25, when the elections for a legitimate president will take place in Ukraine, we hope the situation will improve for the better,” says Pleshakova. “However, a lot will depend on the Ukrainian part.

“We are talking at the moment about the Ukrainian authorities and their actions in regards to the passengers of Russia when they introduced restrictions on passengers to Ukraine – [for example] when they restricted the entrance of male passengers from the age of 16 to 60. I am very glad this was a short-term measure that was lifted very soon.”

Pleshakova says the situation in Ukraine has damaged the carrier’s traffic flows to and from the country, with transfer traffic from the USA and Canada – which accounts for 25% of the total – hit particularly hard.

“Unfortunately these sad events affected passenger traffic, but Transaero doesn’t plan to stop its flights to Ukraine,” says Pleshakova.