SkyUp Airlines (PQ, Kiev Boryspil) has announced it will switch its main operating base from Kiev Igor Sikorsky to Kiev Boryspil with effect from March 31 onwards.

The Ukrainian leisure specialist said in a statement that it had taken the decision given the operational restrictions that currently exist at Kiev Igor Sikorsky airport.

"SkyUp Airlines is developing very dynamically and our plans foresee an increase both in terms of fleet and the number of destinations served," it said. "We can already see that our aircraft are pushing Kiev Igor Sikorsky [airport] to its limits both in terms of their operations as well as runway characteristics."

Once at Kiev Boryspil, located 32 kilometres east of Igor Sikorsky airport, SkyUp will use Terminal F, which will be opened later this month (March) after repairs and some changes have been done.

"For us, this is the next stage in our development; opening up additional new routes and increasing frequencies," Eugene Haynatsky, SkyUp's general director added.

SkyUp currently operates a combination of scheduled and charter flights using a fleet of five aircraft including four B737-800s and one B737-700. In terms of scheduled network reach, it currently connects Kiev Igor Sikorsky with Odesa domestically as well as Spain, Georgia, Italy, Slovakia, and Cyprus regionally.