Azarov: Ukraine rapidly develops aviation industry
The Prime Minister of Ukraine, Mykola Azarov, said this during a meeting with Secretary General of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Raymond Benjamin, according to the liaison department of the Cabinet of Ministers' Secretariat.
"Ukraine's aviation sector has a large logistical base and potential, therefore, it continues to evolve. In particular, four new international airports have been built, air terminals are under construction, aviation is exempt from taxation," Mykola Azarov said.
The Prime Minister noted that Ukraine is cooperating with Russia in developing mass production of AN-148 and AN-158, as well as military transport aircraft AN-70. At the same time, he said, Ukraine is interested in promoting its aviation technologies in the global markets.
With regard to the legislative field, according to Mykola Azarov, a new air code was adopted, and a national bureau for investigation of aviation accidents and incidents with civilian aircraft was created.
"We place a great emphasis on flight safety and aviation security," the Prime Minister said, adding that the issues of providing high-quality services are also under control.
Mykola Azarov also said that Ukraine has air communications with many countries, and work on the development and expansion of air routes will continue. "Therefore we are interested in equal partnership with the world airlines," he said.
In turn, the Secretary-General of the International Civil Aviation Organization, Raymond Benjamin, expressed his belief that the state enterprise Antonov has a huge potential.
Ukraine is one of the few countries having the best production of aircraft in the world, he said, adding that the demand for good specialists in the field of aviation will be growing every year the world over.