The passenger flow of the Zaporizhia international airport in May 2019 totaled 50,000 people, which is almost 40% more than a year ago.
According to a posting on the website of the airport, almost 40,000 passengers (a rise of 40%) were serviced on international routes, and 9,700 passengers (a rise of 35%) on domestic routes.
In January-May 2019, a total of 185,000 passengers used the airport’s services, which is 20% more than a year ago. Over 136,500 persons were serviced on international flights and almost 50,000 – on domestic flights.
As reported, the Zaporizhia airport serviced 400,300 passengers in 2018, which is 15% more than in 2017.
Passenger traffic at Lviv International Airport amounted to 197,700 people in May 2019, which is 49.4% more than in the same period of 2018, the airport said on Facebook.
The number of serviced flights last month increased by 32.1%, to 1,739. Some 1,506 passengers were transported on international flights (up by 36.7%), while 233,000 people (a growth of 8.9%) on domestic flights.
In January-May 2019, some 722,300 passengers travelled through the airport, which is 51.2% more than in the same period of 2018.
The number of flights in January-May reached 6,820, which is 28.9% more than in January-May last year.
As reported, in 2018 the airport increased passenger traffic by 48% compared with 2017, to 1.598 million people.
State-owned enterprise (SOE) Boryspil International Airport (Kyiv region) plans to repay UAH 3.6 billion of debt under a state-secured loan of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) received 10 years ago to build Terminal D in accordance with the issue terms.
“It remains for us to pay the Japanese bank UAH 3.6 billion at the current hryvnia exchange rate, which was attracted to build Terminal D. We paid about 20%,” Deputy Director General for Economics and Finance of the Boryspil airport Kyrylo Zvonarev said at a press conference at the airport on Thursday.
According to him, the total amount of the loan at the current exchange rate is almost UAH 5 billion and approximately UAH 1.4 billion was paid. He also said that according to the payment plan, the airport will repay the loan before 2032.
“Twice a year we have to pay approximately UAH 150 million,” the deputy director said.
At the same time, Zvonarev expressed concern that setting a rate of transfer to the national budget of the company’s net profit at 90% could put at risk the repayment of the said loan.
Kyiv International Airport (Zhuliany) has doubled its capacity due to the expansion of main Terminal A by another 9,500 square meters, to 23,700 square meters, co-owner of the airport Denys Kostrzhevsky has said, when opening the terminal.
According to him, the reconstruction of the terminal cost UAH 630 million.
He noted that the airport also doubled the number of check-in counters and passport control desks.
According to an Interfax-Ukraine correspondent, 23 registration desks and nine aviation security oversight stations are located on the ground floor of the new facility of the terminal. A new parking lot for 135 cars was built on the square near the airport.
Terminal A will include a Duty Free shop, a WOG cafe, three restaurants and several souvenir shops.
According to the expert, the airport plans to further expand the terminal.
“The project includes the third stage of construction on the other side of the terminal, which will allow doubling the area of Terminal A,” he said without specifying the start of construction.
In addition, according to him, it is planned in two or three years to begin work on the extension of the runway.
“Now we are engaged in the allocation of land plots and design. In two or three years we will decide on the extension of the runway,” the businessman said.
At the same time, he found it difficult to predict the terms during which the investments made in the second stage of construction would be paid back.
The Boryspil international airport (Kyiv) in January-April 2019 increased passenger flow by 17.2% from a year ago, to 3.81 million, the press service of the airport has told Interfax-Ukraine.
At the same time, the passenger traffic on international flights amounted to 3.493 million people (growth by 18.3%), on domestic – 316,800 (growth by 6.5%).
In general, in January-April, the airport serviced 30,559 flights (an increase of 10.1%), including 26,480 international and 4,079 domestic.
For the first four months of 2019, on regular flights, the Boryspil airport serviced 3.142 million people (a rise of 22% over the same period in 2018), on irregular flights – 667,790 people (at the level of the same period last year).
The number of transfer passengers since the beginning of 2019 amounted to 964,760, which is 6.2% higher than the figure for the same period of 2018. The share of transfer passengers in the total passenger traffic was 25.3% (a decrease of 2.7 percentage points).
In April of this year, the passenger traffic of Boryspil amounted to 1.155 million people, which is 22.4% more than in April last year.
Passenger flow on international flights in April was 1.07 million passengers (an increase of 24.7%), on domestic flights – 84,800 (a decrease of 0.6%).
In general, in April, the airport served 8,661 flights (an increase of 14.7%), including 7,592 international and 1,069 domestic.
The Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine considers the opening of Uzhgorod airport to be only a temporary solution to the problem of air links with Zakarpattia, Minister of Infrastructure Volodymyr Omelyan has said in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine.
“The opening of the airport in Uzhgorod is a temporary solution. For us the construction of a new airport, either in Mukachevo (most likely) or in another city, will be the key one. But this requires money,” he said, adding that the construction of a new airport in Zakarpattia will cost UAH 2-3 billion.
“We always emphasize that Zakarpattia cannot be the territory cut off from Ukraine. It must have a full-fledged road, rail and air communication. As a state, we have achieved this and opened the airport [in Uzhgorod]. Now the question is it should work qualitatively,” Omelyan said.
According to him, for the normal work of the airport a lot of work should be done at the regional level.
“They should interest airlines, offer passengers a product so that the planes are not empty, and then plan convenient flights,” the infrastructure minister said.