Central European budget carrier Wizz Air is seeking to become a designated carrier on premier routes from Budapest to Ukraine and Russia.
A spokesman for Ukraine's civil aviation authority says the carrier is interested in serving Kiev and Odessa to fill the void left by Malev's bankruptcy.
"Wizz Air has not applied for our approval yet but we know there are talks to this end," he says. "They first need to get clearance from our Hungarian counterpart."
Malev provided two services a week to Odessa and codeshared with AeroSvit on daily flights between Budapest and Kiev.
Likewise, Wizz Air is sounding out Rosaviatsia on the opportunity to obtain rights to fly from Budapest to Moscow, reveals a source at the Russian regulatory agency.
He noted this would necessitate amending the existing bilateral agreement which provides for parity on the route currently served only by Aeroflot on a daily basis.