The Sikorsky Kyiv international airport plans to overhaul a runway in coming two or three years, Board Chairman Denys Kostrzhevsky has said. “The next stage to increase the passenger flow and increase profits and payments to the budget will be the reconstruction of the runway and the airfield. The runway has been operated for about 10 years and gradually deteriorates. To ensure flight safety, it is necessary to overhaul runway in the coming two or three years, with the closure of the airport for a year,” he said in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine.
According to the top manager, the problem is that the runway currently belongs to the municipal enterprise, that is, to the city’s community, and only this enterprise can carry out its reconstruction.
“In order to attract private funding for the reconstruction of the runway, and this is logical, it is necessary to resolve the issue of transferring the runway to either concession or lease on the terms of reconstruction to a private investor. We face this task for the next two or three years: either at the expense of the municipal budget, or with the involvement of a private investor,” Kostrzhevsky said.
Kyiv International Airport (Zhuliany) is located in the business center of the capital, seven km from the city center. It is the second largest airport in Ukraine in terms of the number of flights and passenger traffic. The airport has three terminals with a total area is 21,000 square meters. Terminal B is separate facility for business-class service, it is part of the Fixed Base Operator (FBO) system. The airport’s runway is able to handle B-737 and A-320 aircraft.