SkyUp will pursue “1 + 1” due to inaccurate flight information
SkyUp Airlines sent a declaration to the Commercial Court on June 1. Kiev against the TV channel “1 + 1” with a request to rebut the inaccurate information provided in the program “Groshі” on March 23, 2020.
This is stated in a press release which is available for Ukrinform.
“The program, in particular, refers to special flights for returning Ukrainians, operated by SkyUp in March 2020 after the introduction of quarantine and the cancellation of passenger air services. Over the history of the delay in the Warsaw-Kiev flight, the authors of the program have repeatedly stated that the airline has received compensation from the state budget for evacuation flights, including for the flight Warsaw-Kiev, forcing passengers to buy tickets at their own expense. The information provided is not only false, but also seriously damages the commercial reputation of the company, ”reports the subject of the complaint.
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At the same time, it should be noted that you need to understand the difference between evacuation and special commercial flights that the airline has carried out during quarantine. “Only two flights were evacuated – from Wuhan in February and from Venice in March. They were commissioned by the state and provided for compensation from the budget. For the passengers, the flight was free. The remaining flights, including Warsaw – Kiev, which is mentioned in the story, were organized by the airline on an irregular commercial basis in order to ensure the return to Ukraine of those citizens who failed to do so before the air traffic ban. The plane tickets were paid for by the passengers themselves, but there was no question of state compensation, “said the airline.
SkyUp Airlines clarified that the fare was the same for everyone and was formed on the basis of unilateral congestion, taking into account baggage and other factors. The formation of the cost of a ticket on special flights has been reported in detail on the airline’s website to avoid manipulation.
It is noted that at the start, airline lawyers sent lawyer requests to the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine to confirm that the funding of the airline at the expense of public funds for the special flight Kiev – Warsaw and Warsaw – Kiev was not carried out on March 22 and 23, 2020.
“The document also contained a request to know whether representatives of the 1 + 1 television channel had contacted these ministries to obtain clarification on the public funding of these flights. It turned out that the ministry did not receive a request for comments from the 1 + 1 television channel and did not provide such information, “the airline said.
In this regard, it should be noted that the statements of the authors of the intrigue are based on unverified facts. Consequently, SkyUp Airlines has filed a complaint before the Kiev Commercial Court against the “1 + 1” television channel on the protection of the honor, dignity and reputation of the company, demanding to refute the false information in the same way as it was disseminated.
Ukrinform called on the 1 + 1 television channel to ask it to comment on the situation.
According to the materials: ukrinform.ru