The Boryspil airport has serviced a record number of passengers during the final of the UEFA Champions League in Kyiv – almost 53,000 people. “On that day we serviced 52,599 passengers, which is the absolute record in the history of the Boryspil airport. For comparison, we had 38,000 passengers during the Euro-2012 final. Last year we once hit the mark of 40,000 passengers,” Director General of the airport Pavlo Riabikin said at a press conference in Kyiv on Wednesday.
He said that on May 26, the airport serviced 31 charter flights with 6,393 fans of Real and fans of Liverpool used 40 flights (8,822 passengers). There were three flights with official delegations of the King of Spain, the prime minister of Gabon and the president of the Czech Republic, and 72 flights were additionally serviced. Riabikin said that the airport additionally earned UAH 31.5 million of net profit on that day.
Boryspil Airport (Kyiv region) on May 25-26 accepted and dispatched all 77 additional charter flights (100% of the plan) and 73 business flights, which is 21.6% more than the estimated number of flights agreed for transportation of fans to the holding of the UEFA Champions League final in Kyiv on May 26.
“Some 77 charter flights and 73 business flights were accepted on May 25-26. This number does not include regular flights, only those with fans,” airport spokeswoman Tetiana Yarosh said.
She also said that initially it was planned to accept only 60 business jets.
According to the expert, all these planes departed from Kyiv at 07:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 27, without incidents.
As reported, Boryspil airport planned to accept and dispatch 77 additional charter flights on May 25-27 in connection with the holding of the Champions League final match in Kyiv.
At the same time, Kyiv airport almost quintupled the number of accepted business jets in connection with the Champions League final match.
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin thanked Kyiv city for the high level of organization of hosting UEFA Champions League 2018 finals, the press service of Kyiv City Administration has reported.
“I would like to thank Kyiv and Mayor Vitali Klitschko for the excellent organization of the final matches of the Champions League. It should not be forgotten that this is the largest sport event of a global level that is not easy to organize. Yesterday, and in previous days, there was not a single mistake. Thank you for your hospitality, I am convinced that at least half of the fans will return to Kyiv again,” he said at a meeting with Klitschko on Sunday.
Ceferin said that after the Champions League final, Kyiv will be able to organize any event of this scale.
Klitschko, in turn, said that everything went “very well.”
“Yes, we were worried because Kyiv and Ukraine had not hosted such events before, but we did our best, we prepared carefully, and we managed to do this,” the mayor of Kyiv said.
He thanked the law enforcers for coherent and professional work. “I thank the top officials of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the National Police and the Security Service for their work during this big event, and thank each law-enforcer who provided order in the city. This was extremely important,” Klitschko said.
Boryspil International Airport expects to receive an additional UAH 15-20 million of revenue from aviation activities due to servicing additional flights on the day of the UEFA Champions League final in Kyiv on May 26, the airport deputy director for commercial activities and strategic development, Heorhiy Zubko, has said at a press conference.
“The assets Boryspil airport intends to receive within the framework of this event are those that are directly related to aviation activity. We expect to receive at least UAH 15-20 million from that number of passengers who will come to us,” he predicts.
Zubko noted that in addition to income from aviation activities, the airport also expects to receive additional income from passenger service enterprises: cafes, duty free shops, etc., located in the airport’s territory.
As reported, Boryspil airport is expected to accept 77 flights with fans in Terminals B and D on the day of the UEFA Champions League final.
At the same time, Kyiv expects 100,000 guests for the UEFA Champions League final, but most fans will leave after the Champions League finals are finished and they will not need accommodation in the hotels of the capital.