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Ukrainian ministry accused of Kiev airport 'favouritism'

Ukraine's infrastructure ministry is facing a case brought by the country's anti-monopoly committee over its decision to offer favourable aeronautical fees at Kiev Borispol airport.

The committee states that a "public outcry" resulted from a ministry decision in June to diverge from its policy of a single, uniform fee – payable to air navigation service UkSATSE – regardless of whether flights used Kiev, Lviv or Odessa airports.

Instead of the single fee the ministry permitted a lower charge of €210 for Borispol compared with the €411 for all other airports.

The committee says it "repeatedly warned" the ministry, at the draft stage of the order, that giving one airport a privileged position over others would amount to an anti-trust violation.

It states that it has also received concerns from the Ukrainian airports association AAUCA, which has 20 airport members, that the ministry decision is unfair.

Investigation into the situation is continuing, says the committee, but it has "commenced proceedings" against the ministry's activities.