Ukrainian carriers Dniproavia and Motor Sich are looking to make up for losses from suspension of their Russian operations through new services to Belarus.

Dniproavia has secured regulatory approval to serve serving Minsk from Dnepropetrovsk and Ivano-Frankovsk with the aim of opening scheduled flights on both routes shortly.

Motor Sich has already launched four frequencies to Belarusian capital from its base in Zaporozhye and intends to serve Minsk on a daily basis from 18 December.

Last month, the two carriers had to cease Moscow flights, which accounted for the bulk of their revenues, following a reciprocal Russian ban on air traffic from Ukraine.

In a bid to fill the void, Belavia subsequently stepped up capacity on its routes to Kiev and Moscow as well as opened regular Minsk-Odessa services.

On 17 December, it intends to add daily services to Kharkov, says commercial director Igor Cherginets, adding that there are also plans to interline with Motor Sich on Zaporozhye-Minsk services.

Source: Cirium Dashboard