The cargo terminal will be launched at the Odessa international airport in 2022, Director General of the enterprise Vitaliy Semenchenko said in an exclusive interview with Interfax-Ukraine.
“We have an arrangement as a letter of understanding, which allow us to discuss, without sealing any rights and obligations, but confirming our interest, with the largest European cargo operator. We are now in almost a daily dialog on technical issues. The terminal is being formed, its volume and structure. It will definitely work in 2022,” Semenchenko said.
According to him, the project of the cargo terminal will be implemented using private investments, but their volume has not yet been named, since it depends, first of all, on the requirements of future tenants. “There will definitely be a cooling zone, a zone of dangerous goods, the necessary equipment will be bought depending from their volume,” Semenchenko said.
According to the results of June 2021, Sikorsky Kyiv International Airport served 117,545 passengers, which is over 2 times less than in the pre-crisis June 2019 (some 248,500 passengers).
At the same time, the infographics on the airport’s website indicate that in June this year, the largest passenger traffic was recorded since March 2020, when 78,900 passengers were served (in June 2020, Kyiv airport began operating international passenger flights only on June 17 due to quarantine restrictions).
In just six months of 2021, the airport served 337,340 passengers, which is almost 4 times less than in the same period in 2019 (some 1.332 million): international routes – 320,600 passengers, and domestic – 16,700 passengers.
A new runway of Odessa International Airport from July 16 began to accept aircraft, the first board to land on the runway was internal flight PQ107 from Boryspil to Odessa of SkyUp Airlines.
“The new runway is the starting point of a new era, our airport is beginning to transform into a powerful air hub in Eastern Europe,” Director of Odessa International Airport Volodymyr Semenchenko said during the opening ceremony of the development concept.
According to his forecasts, after last year’s drop in passenger traffic, Odessa airport expects to accept 1.45 million people in 2021, and reach 4 million in 2026.
The length of the new runway is 2.8 km, the width is 45 meters, construction work lasted 31 months. The accompanying infrastructure was also built: two steering lanes, a modern navigation system for landing, an apron in front of the new terminal, four bridges for boarding and disembarking passengers.
For the first time in Eastern Europe, the technology of “heavy” concrete with a thickness of 40 cm was used, due to which the strength and capacity of the strip was doubled.
According to Semenchenko, after extending the strip up to 3.2 km, the airport will be able to accept E class aircraft, which operate long-haul flights.
Danylo Halytsky Lviv International Airport in January-June 2021 increased passenger traffic by 36.6% compared to the same period in 2020 – up to 512,370 people.
In particular, the airport served 4,450 international and more than 1,000 domestic flights.
For the six months of this year, the number of flights for arrival/departure from the airport amounted to 5,514, which is 47.4% more than a year earlier. In particular, the airport served 4,450 international and more than 1,000 domestic flights, the airport said on its official Facebook page on Friday.
The most popular destinations in terms of passenger traffic are Antalya, Istanbul (SAW, IST), Sharm el-Sheikh, Hurghada and Kyiv (Boryspil International Airport).
As reported, in 2020, the international airport Lviv reduced passenger traffic by 2.5 times by 2019 – to 878,500 people.
Boryspil International Airport (Kyiv) in January-June 2021 served 3.397 million passengers, which is 35% more compared to the same period in 2020 (2.519 million).
At the same time, according to the airport’s report, in June it served 938,674 passengers, which is almost 19.4 times more than in June 2020 (lockdown), of which 523,355 people were serviced on regular flights, 415,319 people – on non-scheduled flights.
In June, the airport received and dispatched 7,357 flights, which is six times more than in June 2020.
In addition, in the six months of 2021, Boryspil airport served 1.776 million passengers on regular flights (a 6% decrease) and 1.621 million on non-scheduled flights (an increase of 2.57 times).
In total, in the first half of 2021, the airport received and dispatched 29,264 flights, which is 33.7% more than in the same period in 2020.
At the same time, the number of transfer passengers for the six months of this year decreased by 72.3%, to 107,998 people (for the same period last year, this figure was 389,200 people).
The share of transfers in the total passenger traffic in January-June 2021 decreased from 15.5% to 3.2%.
The Cabinet of Ministers has approved the opening of an international checkpoint across the state border at Zhytomyr airport for freight and passenger traffic with a permanent mode of functioning and round-the-clock operation.
The corresponding decision was made at a government meeting on June 30.
As noted in an explanatory note to the decision, to date, Korolev Zhytomyr International Airport state enterprise of Akkord LLC is an efficient subsidiary that can provide landing, takeoff, parking and maintenance of aircraft, passengers and cargo.