According to the requirements of the aircraft owner, the SkyUp aircraft UR-SQO, flying from Funchal (Madeira, Portugal) to Borispyil (Ukraine) with flight number PQ0902, was forced to land in Chisinau (Republic of Moldova). SkyUp together with the Embassy of Ukraine in Moldova will ensure the return of passengers to Ukraine.
On February 12, 2022, the lessor, a resident of Ireland, informed the airline of an immediate ban on the entry of UR-SQO aircraft into Ukrainian airspace. Despite all the efforts of the airline and the willingness of government agencies of Ukraine to contact the lessor, the owner of the aircraft flatly refused just at a time when the aircraft was already flying to Kyiv.
SkyUp managed to agree on landing at the nearest airport in Ukraine - in Chisinau - and arrange the transfer of passengers to Kyiv. In addition, we will provide food for passengers.
The SkyUp team is grateful for the support of the Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of Moldova and personally the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine Mark Shevchenko, who immediately responded to our request and helped coordinate actions. We also express our sincere gratitude to First Secretary Vladimir Manjole for meeting the passengers at the airport.
We hope to understand the uniqueness of the situation on the part of passengers and make every effort to bring everyone to Ukraine.