President and Platini open new airport terminal

With just weeks to go before the Euro 2012 tournament begins, Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych and Uefa chairman Michel Platini have opened a new airport terminal in Lviv.

We are witnessing another victory... the opening of a modern terminal that can service more than 2,000 passengers per hour, said Yanukovych.

Lviv is one of Ukraine's four host cities in the forthcoming tournament, an event that is being co-hosted with Poland.

Yanukovych and Platini cut a symbolic ribbon inside the terminal, with the latter saying that after a difficult push to make all deadlines, he believes the tournament will go smoothly.

However, the Uefa chief also took the chance to hit out at Ukrainian hotel-owners who have hiked up prices for the duration of the event.

"It's annoying to have made a lot of investment and then say to people that they can't come because there are bandits and crooks who want to make a lot of money during this Euro," Platini reflected.

"You can't change (the price of a room) from 40 euros to 100 and then up to 500 just like that, from one day to the other, this just is not done," he said.

Ukrainian authorities have pledged that they will redress the imbalance.


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