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Published on Friday, May 25, 2018

Liverpool fans' fury as flights to Champions League Final cancelled



Worldchoice Sports is blaming Kiev airport for the cancellation of three flights to the Champions League Final in Ukraine this weekend, which has left Liverpool supporters unable to reach the game.

The Widnes-based company said Kiev's Boryspil Airport had refused to allocate landing slots for the flights, despite the intervention of Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson and Kiev mayor and former boxing champion Vitali Klitschko.

However, the firm has been given slots for an extra last-minute three-night trip.

Up to 1,000 Liverpool fans had paid up to £2000 each for the flights to watch their Merseyside team play Real Madrid in their first Champions League final in 11 years.

On its website, Worldchoice Sports said: "With deep regret, we have had to cancel three flights to Kiev.

"Due to so many flights going into Kiev, Kiev Borispyl has been unable to allocate times for aircraft.

"We have worked extremely hard over the last 48 hours trying to resolve these issues. We have had Liverpool football club, Police, UEFA and everyone at the highest levels of authority trying to resolve this.

"We have exhausted all avenues to try and get landing slots. We have had them from Liverpool airport and Manchester airport and we have applied for slots in the correct manner and time frame with the authorities.

"To reiterate this problem IS with Kiev.

"At this stage we can only make a huge apology and are very sorry let you down on this occasion."

Some fans have made alternative arrangements, including flying to Kiev via Italy or Turkey.

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  • another airport nearby

    Another major airport is Kyiv Zhuliany International Airport (IEV / UKKK), which has international and domestic flights from Kiev, Ukraine and is 39 km from Boryspil, Ukraine.

    By Michael Anderson, Saturday, May 26, 2018

  • another quick search online found ....

    International airports near Boryspil, Ukraine 8 km: Boryspil, Ukraine (KBP / UKBB) Boryspil International Airport 39 km: Kiev, Ukraine (IEV / UKKK) Kyiv Zhuliany International Airport 296 km: Vinnytsia, Ukraine (VIN / UKWW) Havryshivka Vinnytsia International Airport 426 km: Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine (DNK / UKDD) Dnipropetrovsk International Airport 459 km: Kharkiv, Ukraine (HRK / UKHH) Kharkiv International Airport 526 km: Belgorod, Russia (EGO / UUOB) Belgorod International Airport The last 3 would not be ideal but still possible.

    By Michael Anderson, Saturday, May 26, 2018

  • surely there's another airport

    within a distance of a few hours by coach or even train that could be used ?

    By Michael Anderson, Friday, May 25, 2018

  • Not Likely

    Borispyl opened up two old terminals to accommodate flights - one for the Spanish side and one for the Liverpool side. That's in addition to the main international terminal. It is highly unlikely that the airport would turn down the extra fees it could earn from just 3 flights.

    By Richard Shepard, Friday, May 25, 2018

  • Fault with Kiev?

    I don't think so. There is no automatic right to a slot. The fault is with the company that mis-sold flights to people when they hadn't actually obtained a slot.

    By John Mc Quillan, Friday, May 25, 2018

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