Ukraine International Airlines Adds New Summer Route To Oslo

Ukraine International Airlines has announced its intentions to begin flying to the Norwegian capital of Oslo. Using Embraer 190 aircraft, the carrier will connect the Norwegian city with its Kyiv–Boryspil hub three times a week. Service on the new route is set to begin in June, with UIA being the first Ukrainian airline to have a presence on this corridor.

A first for the country

A statement released by Ukraine International Airlines earlier this week declared the carrier’s plans to open a new route from its base at Kyiv Boryspil International Airport. UIA plans to add Oslo Gardermoen Airport to its extensive European network, and it is eyeing June 1st as a launch date for flights between the Ukrainian and Norwegian capitals.

Ukraine International Airlines initially intends to serve this new route on a three-weekly basis, with flights departing on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. The outbound services will depart Kyiv at 08:25, and touch down in Oslo at 10:15 local time. The return journey will be a late afternoon affair, leaving Norway at 16:00, and landing in Ukraine at 17:50.

Accounting for time differences, this gives a flight time of two hours and 50 minutes in each direction. UIA’s statement proudly details the fact that it “will be the first and currently the only airline in Ukraine to start flights on this route.” In terms of non-Ukrainian carriers, SAS connects Oslo and Kyiv every Tuesday with Airbus A320/A320neo aircraft.


SAS A320neo

Scandinavian Airlines will be UIA’s only direct competitor on the Kyiv-Oslo route. Photo: Getty Images

Useful connection opportunities

A key selling point of this new route, as advertised by UIA, is the wealth of connection opportunities present at its Kyiv–Boryspil hub. This will mean that the route will be suitably not just for people traveling from Oslo to Kyiv, but also for those looking to extend their journeys beyond the Ukrainian capital. The airline explains that:

“Thanks to the convenient schedule, passengers from Norway will be able to use the docking at Boryspil International Airport, and then continue their journey on international flights to Istanbul, Tel Aviv, Tbilisi, Cairo, Chisinau, Baku, Yerevan, Tenerife, Rome, Athens, Larnaca, Split, and Budapest.”

Domestic connections will also be available. With this in mind, UIA adds that:

“In addition, the convenient connection allows you to continue your journey through Ukraine to its most famous regional cities: Odesa, Kharkiv, Dnipro, [and] Kherson.”


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UIA’s Embraer 190s have 104 seats. Photo: Getty Images

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Three classes of travel

According to Ukraine International Airlines’ statement regarding the new route, it will offer three classes of travel on its flights between Kyiv and Oslo. The carrier states that the services “will be operated [by] a medium-haul Embraer 190 aircraft in a three-class cabin layout with business, economy, [and] premium economy [cabins].”

UIA’s website states that its Embraer 190s have 104 seats onboard, and that it presently has five of these regional jets in its fleet. According to data from ch-aviation.com, three of these are the long-range E190LR version, with the other two being the E190STD variant.

What do you make of this new route? Will it form part of your summer travel plans this year? Let us know your thoughts and experiences in the comments!



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