Due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Antonov Airlines is being forced to temporarily relocate to Leipzig, Germany from Hostomel Airport, near Kyiv.
The company issued the following statement:
“ANTONOV Airlines’ aircraft is temporarily based at Leipzig Airport, Germany.
Taking into consideration the impossibility of performing international flights from Ukraine, five AN-124-100 aircraft are temporarily based at Leipzig Airport. Work of the branch of the air transport division of ANTONOV Company, known in the world as the ANTONOV Airlines, was organized there. The technical base to provide maintenance of these aircraft also works at Leipzig airport.
So, ANTONOV keeps the ability to perform commercial and governmental orders for the transportation of superheavy and oversized cargo, as well as to retain its leading position in this niche of the world market.
After the victory over the Russian occupiers and restoration of the Kyiv-Antonov-2 airport, it will again become the base for the AN-124-100s fleet of ANTONOV Airlines.”
Despite its aircraft losses, the company will continue to operate its five operational Antonov An-124-100 means of transport from Leipzig.