Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) celebrated a milestone in Toronto at Pearson International Airport on Wednesday, June 6th, with their inaugural flight launch from Kiev, Ukraine to Toronto, Ontario.
The new route into Toronto adds to the airlines' existing lineup of UIA long haul destinations making it number six, alongside Bangkok, Beijing, Colombo, Delhi and New York.
Flights will run three times a week, Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, by a wide body Boeing 767-300ER aircraft featuring three-class cabins: Business, Premium Economy and Economy Class.
The flight schedule has been mapped out to provide two-way connections in Toronto from all major cities in Canada. Just the same, in Kiev, connections will run from Ukraine, Turkey, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Israel, UAE and Iran.
“We’re celebrating a new partnership with Ukraine International Airlines and the launch of the Kiev service," said Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) president and CEO Howard Eng. "The partnership will help deliver what we promise to our passengers, offering new options for them to use direct flights between two cities, and in this case, Kiev is the new destination from Pearson. Over the last few years we’ve seen tremendous growth at this airport and forecast this growth to continue and probably 20 years from now will see about eighty-five million passengers using this airport. With the direct flights it provides more convenience for passengers between the two cities and will encourage more congress, more tourism and more cultural exchange."
Also in attendance yesterday evening was Ukraine's ambassador to Canada, Andriy Shevchenko.
“I would like to congratulate Uri, the crew and his team for launching their flight, as well as Toronto Pearson International Airport for being a friendly gate to Canada," Shevchenko said. "It was the very first place I stepped onto Canadian soil. While the crew and president were in the air, there was a phone conversation between the Ukrainian President Poroshenko and the Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau, and they know that they started this conversation actually discussing this particular first flight from Kiev to Toronto, so this is great news and we have some strong people supporting and promoting this flight."
Beginning today, you’ll find non-stop flights from Toronto to Ukraine on sale until June 27th, 2018.