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UKRAINE STARTS REPAIR OF AIRPORTS IN POLTAVA, ZHYTOMYR AND CHERNIVTSI IN 2022

The start of repair work at three regional airports in Ukraine and the completion of work at the airports of Dnipro and Kryvy Rih is scheduled for 2022.”In 2022 we plan the start of work at Poltava airport, since the design and estimate documentation will be approved by the state examination by the end of this year, a tender will be announced and we hope that construction work will begin next year,” advisor to the Big Construction presidential program Oleh Varyvoda said during the forum “Great Construction: Aviation. Tourism” in Kyiv.According to him, plans for 2022 include the beginning of reconstruction at the airports of Zhytomyr and Chernivtsi. In addition, in 2022, it is planned to complete work at the airports of Dnipro and Kryvy Rih.

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UKRAINE STILL INCREASING PASSENGER TRAFFIC IN SIX MONTHS

Airports of Ukraine in January-June 2021, according to operational data, served 5.5 million passengers, which is 32.2% more than in January-June 2020.
The passenger traffic of airports in international traffic for the specified period increased by 32.1% – up to 5 million people, the website of the State Aviation Service of Ukraine reported.
In addition, Ukrainian airlines served 3.5 million people in the six months of 2021, which is 73.8% higher than in the six months of 2020. Including in international traffic 3.2 million people were transported (an increase of 78.6%).
At the same time, in January-June 2021, airlines performed 29,400 commercial flights (an increase of 47.7%), including 23,700 international (42.8% more).
As reported, at the end of 2020, Ukrainian airports served 8.7 million passengers, which is 64.4% less than in 2019.

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WINDROSE AIRLINES (KYIV) TO EXPAND DOMESTIC FLIGHTS IN UKRAINE TO TEN AIRPORTS

Windrose Airlines (Kyiv) plans in 2021 to expand the map of domestic flights in Ukraine and unite at least ten cities of Ukraine, director general of the airline Volodymyr Kamenchuk has said.
“We want to expand our flight map by at least ten airports in 2021. If the situation with the pandemic declines, there will be an economic recovery in the country, I think this will be implemented,” he said during the Ukraine 30. Infrastructure forum.
At the same time, he noted that at present the program of internal transportation for the company is unprofitable.
“Unfortunately, the international [transportation program] is also unprofitable, but this is due to the general situation in the world. But if there really is government assistance, this will help us reach the payback of these flights earlier,” Kamenchuk added.
Currently, the company unites nine cities of Ukraine: Kyiv, Lviv, Kharkiv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Dnipro, Zaporizhia, Mykolaiv, Odesa, and Kherson.

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UKRAINE INCLUDES 14 AIRPORTS IN PRIORITY INVESTMENT PROJECTS LIST UNTIL 2023

The list of 103 priority investment projects until 2023, approved by the Cabinet of Ministers at a meeting on Wednesday, includes 14 airports.
According to the accompanying documents to the decree, in particular, in the specified list, the resumption of core activities and further development of the international airport in Cherkasy; reconstruction of the airfield of Ivano-Frankivsk International Airport; reconstruction of the international airport in Chernivtsi (all are funded from the state and local budgets, investor funds).
In addition, the priority is given to modernization of the material and technical base of Kherson International Airport (funding from the state and local budgets, credit funds); reconstruction of the international airport in Vinnytsia, the international airport in Odesa (the third stage of construction); the international airport in the city of Dnipro; construction of a new airport in Zakarpattia; reconstruction of the international airport in Poltava (all are funded from the state and local budgets, investor funds).
In addition, it is planned to renew the infrastructure of Rivne International Airport municipal enterprise (exclusively at the expense of the investor); to renovate the runway, buildings, networks of Sumy Airport municipal enterprise (at the expense of the state and local budgets, investor funds, credit funds); to reconstruct international airports in Kryvy Rih and Mykolaiv (at the expense of the state and local budgets, investor funds); to reconstruct and modernize the airport in Zhytomyr (at the expense of the investor and the state budget).

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UKRAINIAN AIRLINES AND AIRPORTS ASK AUTHORITIES FOR STATE SUPPORT

Zaporizhia and Lviv international airports, the Ukrainian State Air Traffic Services Enterprise (UkSATSE), Azur Air Ukraine and SkyUp Airlines have sent a joint letter to the president, the prime minister and the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine with a request for state support for the aviation industry amid pandemic.
“Already today, judging by the losses incurred by the entire aviation market, it is possible to predict not only a complicated recovery process, but also the non-return of many participants to work in principle. The industry itself may be in danger of extinction,” the report says.
The companies note a serious lack of resources for fulfilling financial obligations to pay wages, service loans, make lease payments, under agreements with foreign partners, etc.
The airlines have compiled a list of measures adapted to Ukrainian realities that, in their opinion, must be taken to preserve the aviation industry. In particular, they ask to provide the industry with irrevocable financial assistance for the payment of wage arrears and tax holidays for taxes paid in connection with its payment. In addition, they ask for targeted, non-repayable assistance to pay off debts that have formed since the quarantine began in the country for services provided to aviation businesses by state enterprises and organizations.

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UKRAINE OPENS ALL BORDER CHECKPOINTS AT AIRPORTS

Ukraine has opened all border checkpoints at airports, Boryspil International Airport (Kyiv region) has accepted its first flight on the route Minsk (Belarus)-Kyiv.
According to Infrastructure Minister Vladyslav Krykliy, Lufthansa flights are planned this week on the route Frankfurt-Kyiv-Frankfurt, KLM on the route Amsterdam-Kyiv-Amsterdam, SWISS International Airlines on the Zurich-Kyiv-Zurich route, Belavia on the route Minsk-Kyiv-Minsk.
In addition, according to the minister, Wizz Air Hungary plans from June 16 to fly from Ukraine to Austria, Latvia, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Portugal, Denmark, Greece, Lithuania, Slovakia, Estonia and the United Kingdom, it has already received the relevant permits. And from June 21, the Irish company Ryanair plans to fly from Kyiv to Barcelona, Madrid and Krakow (permits for flights are expected).
Ukrainian companies will begin to carry out international flights from June 22, the minister said.

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