The Boryspil international airport from January 26, 2020 started temperature screening of passengers arriving directly from China, specialists and equipment have been prepared, the Health Ministry of Ukraine has reported. “From January 26, screening of passengers arriving directly from China will begin at the Boryspil airport. The sanitary-quarantine department specialists have already been trained and equipped with infrared thermometers,” the ministry said on its Facebook page on January 25 in the evening.
It is also reported that on Saturday the World Health Organization (WHO) updated screening guidelines at points of entry into countries where the spreading of a new coronavirus has not yet been recorded.
“Previous WHO experience has shown that introducing body temperature screening to identify potential suspected cases of coronavirus required significant investments and was not effective enough. However, during the outbreak of coronavirus 2019-nCoV, most cases of illness at airports were detected precisely because of temperature screening. This method reduces the risk of introducing the coronavirus into the country,” the Health Ministry said.
Also, to minimize the risk of coronavirus infection, WHO recommends routine SARS prevention activities.
As reported, a pneumonia outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan began in December 2019, as a result of a new strain of coronavirus.
Boryspil International Airport (Kyiv) in 2019 increased passenger traffic by 21.1% compared to 2018, to 15.260 million people.The press service of the enterprise told Interfax-Ukraine that the figure on international flights over the indicated period amounted to 14.163 million people (an increase of 22.2%), on domestic some 1.096 million (an increase of 8.3%).The number of flights in 2019 amounted to 110,660 for arrival/departure, which is 14.2% more than in 2018, in particular 97,428 international flights (16.1% more), and 13,232 domestic flights (1.4% more).In December 2019, passenger flow at Boryspil airport amounted to 1.053 million people, which is 12.6% more than in December 2018. At the same time, passenger traffic on international flights amounted to 973,100 people (13.8% more), and on domestic flights some 80,600 (0.2% more).The number of flights in December 2019 amounted to 7,800 for arrival/departure, which is 1.2% more than in the same period in 2018, including 6,865 (3.5% more) international flights, and 935 domestic flights (12.8% less).
About one million passengers used the services of the Kyiv Boryspil Express train from Kyiv to Boryspil International Airport (Kyiv) over the year, the press service of JSC Ukrzaliznytsia (Kyiv) has reported, with reference to head of the company Yevhen Kravtsov.
“I’m sure no one will argue now that the express train to Boryspil airport is needed. During its first year of operation, it made about 10,000 trips and transported almost one million passengers. And this is the indisputable evidence of success of this project,” Kravtsov said.
The report notes that a record number of passengers was transported in August and September 2019 with 98,200 and 107,600 people respectively. The most popular trains are No. 842 Kyiv-Boryspil at 17:50 and No. 845 Boryspil-Kyiv at 19:17.
According to the head of Ukrzaliznytsia, the company plans to further develop this project. Currently, the reconstruction of the Vydubychi station is nearing completion, where a stop platform for the express train will be built.
“Vydubychi station will turn into a transport hub that will combine bus transportation, railways, subway and air transport. In addition, a diesel train manufactured by Kriukov Car Building Works is expected for this route. And this is an additional 170 seats,” he said.
Over a day, express trains carry out 57 trips and carry 2,500 passengers.
Azerbaijan’s Buta Airways low cost carrier will operate flights to Kyiv at Boryspil International Airport from January 22, 2020, the airline’s website said. Earlier the airline operated flights to the capital of Ukraine at Kyiv Zhuliany Airport.
As part of the airline’s winter schedule for 2019/2020, which is valid until March 27, Buta Airways flights on the Baku-Kyiv-Baku route are operated three times a week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. According to the same schedule, it is planned to continue flights in the summer schedule of 2020.
“Flights to Boryspil are carried out by most Ukrainian and foreign carriers, which will allow Buta Airways passengers to plan more convenient connections with other airlines,” the airline said.
Passengers who have already purchased tickets will be notified in accordance with the airline’s procedure by the phone numbers indicated when purchasing the ticket.
Buta Airways is the first low cost airline in Azerbaijan, a structural unit within Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL), founded in December 2016. The first flight was performed on September 1, 2017. The airline fleet consists of modern Embraer aircraft. The airline is based in Baku, at Heydar Aliyev International Airport.
Boryspil International Airport in the third quarter of 2019 and September 2019 ranked second in the ACI Europe rating in terms of passenger traffic growth among the airports intended for 10-25 million passengers per year.
According to data posted on ACI Europe’s website, in September (up by 27.6%) and in the third quarter (25.8% more), Boryspil airport ranked second following Milan airport (Italy) with a rise of 33.5% and 26.2% respectively.
In addition, Kharkiv International Airport was included in the top five ranking on the dynamics of passenger traffic growth among the airports for less than 5 million passengers. In September (66.3% more) it ranked second after Maribor Airport (Slovenia) with an increase of 92%, in the third quarter (up by 42.1%) following Targu Mures Airport (Romania, 113.5% more), Ohrid (Northern Macedonia, 53.8% more), and Turku (Finland, 52% more).
ACI Europe monthly compiles a rating of airports by passenger traffic, analyzing data from more than 230 European airports.
Airports Council International (ACI) is the only global airport sales office in the world. It is divided into branches: ACI Europe, ACI Africa, ACI Asia, ACI Latin American/Caribbean, ACI North America, and ACI Pacific.
Boryspil International Airport (Kyiv) in January-October 2019 increased passenger traffic by 22.4% compared to the same period in 2018, to 13.069 million people, the press service of the airport has told Interfax-Ukraine. Passenger traffic on international flights for the indicated period amounted to 12.145 million people (an increase of 23.7%), on domestic flights some 924,000 (an increase of 8.3%).
The number of flights in January-October 2019 amounted to 94,568 for arrival/departure, which is 16.3% more than in the same period in 2018, including 83,362 international flights (18.4% more), and 11,206 domestic (2.6% more).
In October 2019, Boryspil’s passenger flow amounted to 1.445 million people, which is 22.3% more than in October 2018. At the same time, passenger traffic on international flights amounted to 1.353 million people (up by 23.7%), on domestic some 92,800 (up by 4.4%).
The number of flights in October 2019 amounted to 10,147 for arrival/departure, which is 17.6% more than in the same period in 2018, including 9,021 international flights (20.1% more), and 1,121 domestic flights (0.8% more).
As reported, the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMC) has begun consideration of the case on anti-competitive actions of the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine in the aviation sector in connection with the order of the agency on preferences for air navigation services for Boryspil International Airport.