• German discount airline Eurowings plans to launch flights next year from Berlin and Dusseldorf to Kyiv. Eurowings is a subsidiary of Lufthansa Group. It follows Ryanair in expanding to Ukraine.
• Dutch traffic navigator TomTom NV is expanding to cover Ukraine, MiceTimes reports. TomTom Traffic provides “the latest information on road conditions such as traffic jams, roadwork and accidents.”
• Ukrainian aircraft manufacturer Antonov has signed a major contract with French logistics company Bollore. Negotiated at the Le Bourget airshow in France, the year long contract charters a An-124 Ruslan aircraft to transport large cargo like satellites and helicopters.
• In a bid to explain a slowdown in GDP growth to 2.4 percent during the first quarter of 2017, from 4.7 percent in the previous quarter, the National Bank of Ukraine said some slowdowns were expected. The NB said the blockade of trade with secessionist areas of the Donbas and the seizure of enterprises in these areas helped explain the drop.
• All stations of the Kyiv metro will be fully accessible to people with disabilities by the end of 2020, according to Metro General Director Victor Braginsky.
• Ukraine has used up almost all of its 2017 EU agricultural export quotas. The quotas include honey, corn, sugar, barley cereals, wheat, processed tomatoes, grape and apple juice, according to the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade.
• There is no mention of any Ukraine-related funding discussions on the IMF’s tentative autumn agenda, Interfax reports.
• Ukrposhta, or Ukrainian Postal Service, has registered legislation with the Verkhovna Rada that would allow citizens to open bank accounts at their local post office. Effectively creating the largest bank network in the country, larger than PrivaBank’s, the bill would allow Ukrainians to receive wages, pensions and transfers to their accounts, and to pay utility bills.
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