UIA bids to fill Canadian gap left by AeroSvit

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Ukraine International Airlines is looking to add Toronto services to its long-haul schedule in mid-2014.

"We've initiated the process of filing an application for flying rights between Kiev and Toronto,” says the carrier.

"We tentatively plan to open this route by the next summer season, deploying ex-AeroSvit Boeing 767-300s.”

Ukraine's civil aviation authority has recently been upgraded by the US Federal Aviation Administration to "category 2" rating. The Ukrainian agency's chief Anatoly Kolesnik says this should facilitate the nation's carriers in obtaining approvals for services to Canada, Japan and Australia.

There have been no direct flights between Ukraine and Canada since AeroSvit's collapse last year.