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Why Don't More US Carriers Fly To Kiev?  
User currently offlinegoblin211 From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 1209 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2661 times:

I'd also like to know about Turkmenistan (I didn't have enough room to include it in the title). All I know of is DL to Kiev, which they recently suspended. Also DL ATL-Ashkabad. If this was easily available on flightglobal I didn't find it.


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User currently onlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25626 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2611 times:

US-Ukraine is a generally low yield VFR market with little business traffic. US carriers have many more profitable potential nonstop routes. It makes more sense to serve markets like Ukraine using alliance and codeshare partners.

User currently offlineSevernaya From Russia, joined Jan 2009, 1416 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2594 times:

Quoting goblin211 (Thread starter):
Also DL ATL-Ashkabad.

You do realize this flight would be among the longest flights in the world with ~11.500kms?



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User currently offlinegoblin211 From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 1209 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2308 times:

Quoting Severnaya (Reply 2):
You do realize this flight would be among the longest flights in the world with ~11.500kms?

I didn't know that, thanks.



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User currently offlineWN738 From United States of America, joined Apr 2011, 153 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks ago) and read 2080 times:

Its sad, that US carriers dont fly to more exotic destinations, forcing you to make like a dozen connections just to get to any city that doesnt have millions and millions of people in the city. I dont partcularly care for the US air cariers on long haul, but it would be nice to see some non-stop expansion int eastern europe. You'd think the capital of the country could support at least one flight. guess that explains why US carriers dont have much of a diverse route structure to anything beyond huge mega cities.

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 1):
It makes more sense to serve markets like Ukraine using alliance and codeshare partners.

And about a trillion, badly timed unpleasant connections.  


User currently offlineFlighty From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 8631 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2054 times:

Quoting WN738 (Reply 4):
You'd think the capital of the country could support at least one flight.


Not exactly. Kiev is a major city, but its level of business activity in dollars/Euros is quite low. The entire country of Ukraine's economy (at currency levels) is about the size of the US state of Kansas, and is smaller than that of Iowa.

Ukraine is probably a more "important" and interesting place than Iowa, but there would not necessarily be enough dollars or Euros in motion to support long-range widebody flights on a scheduled daily basis.


User currently offlineslcdeltarumd11 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 3545 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1991 times:

I was in the Ukraine recently. Surprisingly it has one of the highest foreign born populations IE immigrants in the world and one of the highest literacy rates in the world.

I just don't think there are many business ties to the US I really did not see many at all. Not enough to support this type of service. In fact I didn't run into a single American but i constantly ran into people from China, Russia, the middle east etc. Its really at the crossroads of the Asia and Europe but almost everything i saw business wise and people were pointing west mostly to Russia mostly , the middle east, and China. I was just there the Ukraine isn't that poor buts its certainly not rich and its very far from the US. I just don't think the business ties are in place to justify it. Most of the traffic would be non-business IE low yielding who don't mind connecting as I'm guessing Delta has discovered and why they are pulling the plug. I guess Delta just wanted to see if there was a real opportunity there and i guess the answer was low yielding non-business travel unfortunately I guess give them credit for trying but i think connections in Paris and Amsterdam are more than enough for a price sensitive non business route


User currently offlineanrec80 From Canada, joined Jan 2011, 158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1790 times:

Ukraine also has Aerosvit that flies to New York. Given the business activity and economic ties, it can't support it. Aerosvit isn't yet exactly the highest quality airline - they have older planes and I would not recommend flying it. But for low yield market it does the trick. Not many of its passengers travel beyond New York.

From other parts of US, there are convenient connections via AMS, FRA and other European hubs to get to Ukraine. I have flown from SEA to KBP via AMS and back - this one works really well both ways. There are also convenient LH connections.

Ukraine is doing pretty well by CIS standards. There is little point in non-stops from US to other CIS capitals than Moscow (Kazakhstan maybe, but it's also far). Moscow is connected pretty well to the US though and is also used as connection point.


User currently offlinemogandoCI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1768 times:

heck, does NYC even have nonstop to St Petersburg ? that should theoretically be a larger market than all those minor CIS capitals

User currently offlineanrec80 From Canada, joined Jan 2011, 158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1746 times:

Quoting mogandoCI (Reply 8):
heck, does NYC even have nonstop to St Petersburg ? that should theoretically be a larger market than all those minor CIS capitals

Same reason as to Kiev - St Petersburg has strong presence of Western European airlines.

Also let's say Kiev is not really a minor capital - Ukraine has nearly 50 mln people, out of which Kiev has 2.5.


User currently offlineWN738 From United States of America, joined Apr 2011, 153 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1679 times:

Quoting anrec80 (Reply 7):
From other parts of US, there are convenient connections via AMS, FRA and other European hubs to get to Ukraine. I have flown from SEA to KBP via AMS and back - this one works really well both ways. There are also convenient LH connections.


While i personally don't find ANY connection in any way shape or form convenient when there could be a non-stop, if there truly is no demand, then there's no demand. I guess i was just a bit misinformed on the importance of Ukraine and Kiev, as a destination in general. Oh well.


User currently offlinerwSEA From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 3107 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1509 times:

Quoting WN738 (Reply 10):
While i personally don't find ANY connection in any way shape or form convenient when there could be a non-stop, if there truly is no demand, then there's no demand. I guess i was just a bit misinformed on the importance of Ukraine and Kiev, as a destination in general. Oh well.

Remember, the nonstop from JFK is really only useful if you live in JFK. Anyone else who has to connect would be just as well-served by connecting through AMS/CDG than through JFK. Living on the west coast, I'd take AMS/CDG over JFK anyday.


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