#Commentary of Vladislav Berdichevsky on possible shutdown of airspace in eastern Ukraine
The State Aviation Service of Ukraine received a draft bulletin from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which introduces restrictions on the aviation movement in the eastern part of Ukraine. This was reported by the company “New Systems AM, which manages the international airport in Kharkov. Flights in this area are considered dangerous.
The decision to close the airspace over Kharkov, Zaporozhye and Dnepropetrovsk in case of its adoption will have a significant impact on the economy of the region. Most of the industry in the eastern part of Ukraine has already been destroyed, as it was oriented towards cooperation with the Russian Federation. Some enterprises managed to reorient themselves to other markets, with representatives of which they have to meet regularly. Air travelling is not just convenience for business representatives, but also an expedient saving of time spent on the conclusion of the necessary transaction. After all, sometimes it happens – you snooze, you lose. It is not worth talking about the deplorable situation in which the tourism industry will. It turns out that someone is deliberately destroying the economy of the region.
You can consider other versions of this event. For example, it is beneficial for someone to establish a kind of monopoly on air travel with the aim of increasing their incomes, using controlled airports.
Also one of the reasons may be that the airports in Kharkov, Zaporozhye and Dnepropetrovsk will be used exclusively for military purposes. Americans, making regular flights on Hercules airplanes, certainly do not want to experience discomfort from the outsiders’ views of Kharkov residents. Moreover, Kharkov became known as a city in which there are too many (according to the Ukrainian authorities) ‘separatists’. I would say that local authorities are full of them. This can be seen from the official address of the Kharkov authorities to the Ukrainian Prime Minister Groisman. “If this document is adopted, the air communication between Kharkov and other countries will be terminated, thus, Kharkov will be in aviation isolation,” the appeal says. The phrase “between Kharkov and other countries” seems to hint that Kharkov is a separate country.
Perhaps the European Aviation Security Agency decided to formally secure themselves by its appeal. After all, one day because of the catastrophe with the Malaysian Boeing, Ukraine denied its fault for not closing the airspace over the Donbass, and redirected complaints to such agencies. Like, we were not given any recommendations. Thus, the question of responsibility was lifted.
In any case, whatever reasons are behind this recommendation, the consequences of its implementation will be detrimental to the residents of the eastern part of Ukraine, even if all this is a formality.
Vladislav Berdichevsky, the DPR People’s Council deputy