As More Middle Easterners Visit Ukraine, SkyUp Launches Flights Between Lviv and Saudi Arabia, Kuwait

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From May 2022, the airline will fly four times a week to Kuwait and twice a week – to Riyadh. Plus: a new flight to Tajikistan and increased flights to Bahrain. Meanwhile, Bees Airlines has a new direct connection to the Georgian capital.
Photo: Skyup

Photo: Skyup

In a continuation of the increased tourist traffic from Persian Gulf States to Ukraine in 2021, the State Aviation Service of Ukraine has now allowed Kyiv-based discount carrier SkyUp to operate flights from Lviv to Kuwait and to Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. The state department posted the relevant decision on its website.

Read also: Saudi low-cost carrier will resume direct flights to Lviv

This news comes as Budapest-based Wizz Air cancels seven routes to Europe, suggesting a touristic and business turn toward the east. 

It will be possible to fly from Lviv to Kuwait four times a week, and from Lviv to Riyadh – two times a week. In addition, the State Aviation Service allowed SkyUp to increase the frequency of flights Lviv-Bahrain (from two to five times a week).

During Summer 2021, there was a noticeable presence of Saudi Arabians in Lviv, including a site rarely seen before in this western Ukrainian city: many women completely veiled except for their eyes. The experience seemed mutually positive for both Saudis and Ukrainians, as we previously reported (read more: Saudi Arabians: Ukrainian Hospitality Reminds Us of Home)

The state department also allowed SkyUp to operate flights from Kyiv to Dushanbe (Tajikistan). They will be performed twice a week. And the frequency of flights from Kyiv to Bahrain has increased, so now there will be six instead of two.

The airline has already announced that in the summer season of 2022, it is going to operate flights to 30 countries on more than 100 routes from Kyiv and the regions.

Read also: Ukraine’s low-cost Bees Airlines begins Lviv-Tbilisi route. Plus: Covid rules for Ukraine and Georgia

We will remind you that the airline opened SkyUp sale of tickets for the summer season. Flights will start in late March. You can already buy tickets to Austria, Spain and Greece. 

Translated by Vitalii Holich

You can read a Ukrainian language version of this story here.

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