Business aviation flights out of Ukraine saw a dramatic uptick in the third week of last month, apparently in response to the violent unrest in the country. According to Eurocontrol statistics tracked by online charter portal Avinode, there were 70 departures on February 19 and 137 on February 20–a day before ousted President Viktor Yanukovych fled the capital, Kiev. Average daily departures last year stood at 51 and the average so far in 2014 has been 41. Around the same dates, Avinode also reported a spike in flights from Kiev to Donetsk in Eastern Ukraine, a stronghold to Yanukovych’s pro-Russian supporters.
Bizav Flights Spiked at Onset of Ukrainian Crisis
- March 6, 2014, 2:25 PM