«KYIV, NOT KIEV»: UKRAINIANS CALL SWISS AIRLINES TO WRITE CITY'S NAME PROPERLY

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«KYIV, NOT KIEV»: UKRAINIANS CALL SWISS AIRLINES TO WRITE CITY'S NAME PROPERLY

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Olena Khomenko started this petition to Swiss International Air Lines

Dear SWISS INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES,

My name is Olena Khomenko, and I, with many other Ukrainians, want to point your attention to a mistake, that exists on your website, tickets, and in aircraft - usage of the wrong name of Ukraine's capital - «Kiev» (instead of proper one - «Kyiv»).

Unfortunately, such a city as «Kiev» does not exist. The name of Ukraine's capital is spelled Kyiv in English. Because that is exactly what the city is called in the Ukrainian language, which is the official, state language in Ukraine. «Kiev» is the Russian spelling of the name of Ukraine’s capital. «Kiev» was the name imposed on Ukrainians by the Soviet Union, which was destroying the Ukrainian language in all areas of Ukrainians’ public life for decades.

With the collapse of the totalitarian Soviet Union, Ukrainians gained an independent state and their own capital with its own name — Kyiv.

It is fundamental and essential for Ukrainians, which is why the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has even launched the #KyivNotKiev and #CorrectUA initiatives.

Since the campaign, the name «Kyiv» not «Kiev» started to be used by dozens of major world media, including the BBC, The Guardian, Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, The Globe and Mail, The Washington Post, Financial Times, The Economist, The Daily Telegraph, The New York Times, and other foreign English-language media.

In June 2019, at the request of the U.S. Department of State, the Embassy of Ukraine in the USA, and Ukrainian organizations in the United States, the name «Kyiv» was officially approved by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names as the only correct name, which resulted in the entire federal government of the United States starting to use the new name.

Since the start of the campaign, dozens of airports and airlines have switched to using the name Kyiv, even before the International Air Transport Association officially adopted a new name. At the end of June 2020, Facebook agreed to transliterate Kyiv’s name from the Ukrainian language. On September 16, 2020, the English-language Wikipedia changed the article’s title about Ukraine’s capital from «Kiev» to «Kyiv».

I urge SWISS INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES to follow the foremost practices of the leading world media, airlines, international organizations, and social networks and change the «Kiev» spelling to «Kyiv» on the website, tickets, and in aircraft.

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