Budget Ukrainian airline swaps high heels for trainers


“Twelve hours on your feet, flying to Kyiv to Zanzibar and back. If you wear high heels, you are hardly able to walk afterwards,” says flight attendant Daria Solomennaya, 27. “That includes four hours of security checks and cleaning.” She works for SkyUp Airlines, one of the youngest low-cost airlines in Europe, but one of the biggest in Ukraine. It has now decided to replace the old uniform from next month with a far more comfortable alternative. It isn’t the first in Europe to do so, but for Ukrainians it is a sign that some of the old traditions are being swept away. An icy wind buffets the tarmac of Kyiv’s Boryspil International Airport and this stewardess for one is happy there is about to a revolution in her company’s dress code. When SkyUp surveyed its crews, it turned out that its female employees were fed up with their high heels, tight blouses and pencil skirts.

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