Blacklane has cancelled all bookings in Ukraine and Russia and suspended operations in both countries following Russia’s hostile invasion of its neighbour, CEO Dr Jens Wohltorf (pictured) has announced.
The company has also pledged to help Ukrainian contractors working for the global chauffeur broker. “To ease the hardships of our Kyiv chauffeurs, we will pay them the same amount they received in January for both February and March,” Wohltorf said. “We will advance those funds this week rather than wait for the typical payment cycles.”
He continued: “We have reached out to all our Crew members from or in Ukraine and offered all possible support. Also, we are in the process of notifying our chauffeur partners, bookers, and guests. The safety of all of you is our top priority. I am shocked about the dramatic developments and want to share my sympathy with everyone affected. The entire Blacklane Crew stands with you.”
Blacklane has suspended services in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Sochi because it cannot support the current situation, Wohltorf said. “This might affect innocent parties, but we must condemn the invasion with our words and actions,” he added. “Our thoughts are with those suffering. May you all stay safe and may this nightmare end soon.”