SkyUp Airlines of Ukraine has issued this message (translated):
On February 12, 2022, the world’s largest insurance companies informed Ukrainian air carriers that in 48 hours they would stop insuring aircraft for flights in Ukrainian airspace. This decision is associated with increased risks of military invasion.
Accordingly, aircraft owners — lessors — demand the return of aircraft to the EU as soon as possible. SkyUp Airlines flight PQ0902 Funchal — Kyiv due to the requirements of the lessor was forced to land outside Ukraine. We managed to agree on boarding in Chisinau (Moldova) and transferring 175 passengers by bus to Kyiv.
Currently, we get similar requirements to return aircraft from other lessors. The situation is being discussed at the state level: in order for airlines to be able to continue flights to Ukraine, the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine is holding an urgent meeting to develop solutions.
“The current situation requires a solution at the state level. Now we are working together with state authorities to find solutions,” says Dmytro Seroukhov, CEO at SkyUp Airlines. “We are doing everything possible to continue to operate flights on a regular basis, but we cannot ignore the demands of lessors. We have temporarily stopped the sale of tickets for flights from February 14 to 16, 2022, and are waiting for a solution to the situation.”