The island of Brač will have direct flights from Ukraine this summer with the Ukrainian airline SkyUp Airlines announcing flights twice a week. According to the airline the flights will start on the 1st of June and last until September and will connect Brač with Kiev. These twice weekly flights mark a new market for the island of Brač.
“After local business owners on Brač and Split went to Ukraine last year in search of workers for the upcoming tourist season the opportunity for direct flights opened up,” commented the director of the Brač Airport, Tonči Peović to The Dubrovnik Times. “We still don’t have the exact details from the Ukrainian airline but if all goes to plan then we look forward to once again developing the tourism of the island of Brač with this new operation,” added Peović.
SkyUp airline received a license to fly to European union countries in October of last year and is clearly looking for more destinations in Croatia. When they received the all clear from the European Union SkyUp commented on their social media page that “We are pleased to announce that SkyUp has passed the TCO procedure, having received permission to fly to European countries! Now the sky of Europe is open for us.” In 2016, SkyUp became a registered company in Kyiv, Ukraine and the company began charter flights from the end of May 2018.
SkyUp has three Boeing 737-800’s and one B737-700, and has plans to increase the number of aircraft in their fleet.
This will be the first time that Brač has had direct flights to the Ukraine and in a statement the airport added that "We hope that sales will be satisfactory and we look forward to our first flights from Ukraine."
With its relatively close proximity to Split and the island of Hvar the airport on Brač has seen a solid growth in passenger numbers in recent years and with the opening of new destinations, such as Ukraine, this year should be just as impressive.