Is Ukraine International Airlines safe to travel with?

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Friday 17 January 2020 19:49 GMT
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Iran has taken responsibility for the tragic shoot-down: it was not the airline’s fault
Iran has taken responsibility for the tragic shoot-down: it was not the airline’s fault (IRNA/AFP)

Q My family and I have bought tickets for a holiday in Dubai for the Easter holiday with Ukraine International Airlines from Gatwick via Kiev. Can you kindly advise on the safety of the airline and the stopover?

Adeola O

A The tragic shooting down of UIA’s flight PS752 from Tehran to Kiev, with the loss of 176 lives, was the responsibility of the Iranian military, not the airline. I do not think it is reasonable to conclude that flying on Ukraine International Airlines is a risky undertaking. The European Union Air Safety Agency is also content with the airline’s standards.

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