Kyiv Zhuliany International Airport intends to serve 2.6 million passengers in 2019, which is more than 7% less than in 2018, Denys Kostrzhevsky, the head of the airport’s board of directors, has said. “I won’t say that we have a catastrophic decline in growth rates. Compared to last year, when we transported almost 2.8 million people, this year we expect to service 2.6 million passengers. That is, the decrease in passenger traffic will be about 8%. I even won’t call it a fall, it’s an adjustment. In 2018, Kyiv airport showed an explosive growth – we grew by 52% compared to 2017. This year there will be a drop in passenger traffic. This is not a catastrophic drop,” he said in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine.
At the same time, he noted that in 2020 passenger traffic growth is expected.
“The airline’s plans for scheduled flights are quite conservative and long-term. At present, we already know the airline’s plans for spring-summer navigation, until October 2020,” he added.
According to forecasts announced at the international conference Global Airport Development in Dublin (Ireland), in the medium term the growth rate of passenger traffic in the world will be 5-8% per year.
“In Ukraine, the market is underestimated and underdeveloped due to low purchasing power … We have been slowing down for a long time and now we must catch up with the world figures for the number of flying citizens per capita. All this is closely connected with state policy. If the economic and political situation in the country allow saying that business and the economy are developing steadily, household incomes are growing, respectively, and aviation growth will be large,” he said.
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.
The transport companies of Ukraine in January-August 2019 carried 2.808 billion people, which was 5.9% down year-over-year (y-o-y), the country’s State Statistics Service has reported.
Transport companies’ passenger traffic for the reporting period was 72.4 billion passenger-kilometers, which was 4.5% up on January-August last year, it said.
In the eight months of 2019, some 105.3 million passengers were transported by rail (local commuter train services included), which was 0.5% down on January-August 2018, while 1.203 billion passengers were carried by road (5.3% down), the State Statistics Service said.
Transportation of passengers by air grew by 10.9%, to 9.1 million people.
In addition, in January-August 2019, some 407.1 million passengers used the services of trams (9.5% down y-o-y), 465.5 million travelled by subway (1.8% down), and 618.4 million people used trolleybuses (8.5% down), the statistics agency said.
Passenger transportation by water increased by 10.3% y-o-y, to 0.5 million people.
The State Statistics Service said the report did not cover temporarily occupied territory of Crimea, Sevastopol and parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
The transport companies of Ukraine in January-July 2019 carried 2.474 billion people, which is 6.1% less than in the same period of 2018, the State Statistics Service has reported.
According to its data, the passenger traffic of transport companies for the reporting period amounted to 62.6 billion passenger-kilometers, which is 4.3% more than in January-July last year.
According to the State Statistics Service, in the first seven months, 91.9 million passengers were transported by rail (taking into account the city electric train), which is 0.6% less than in January-July 2018, and 1.055 billion passengers were carried by road (5.5% less).
Air transport increased passenger traffic by 11.2%, to 7.6 million people.
In addition, according to the State Statistics Service, in January-July 2019, some 359.8 million passengers used the services of trams (a decrease of 10% compared to the same period in 2018), 411.3 million travelled by subway (a decrease of 1.6%), and 548.3 million people used trolleybuses (a drop of 8.9%).
Passenger transportation by water increased by 14.3% compared with January-July 2018, to 0.4 million people.
The service said the figures are given excluding the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea, Sevastopol and part of the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
Zaporizhia International Airport in January-July 2019 served more than 280,000 passengers, which is 27% more than for the same period in 2018.
According to the statistics on the airport’s website, the number of passengers served on international flights for the seven months amounted to 214,000 people (an increase of 28%), on domestic flights some 68,000 people (an increase of 22%).
In July 2019, some 51,000 passengers used the services of the airport, which is 13% more than in July 2018. At the same time, more than 40,000 people were transported on international airlines and almost 11,000 on domestic flights.
“Over the past 11 years, since 2008, when they began to systematically collect statistical data, the largest number of passengers — almost 25,500 people — were carried through Zaporizhia airport for the second summer month … In the same month, the largest number of takeoffs was recorded – 356,” the airport said.
The Sikorsky Kyiv International Airport in January-June 2019 serviced 1.332 million passengers, which is 16% more than a year ago. The airport said that the number of passengers serviced on international flights totaled 1.298 million, and on domestic flights – 33,900.
At the same time, the number of serviced flights amounted to 14,271 (arrivals and departures), which is 5.6% more than in January-June 2018, including 11,966 international flights, and 2,305 domestic flights.
The most popular international destinations at the airport in January-June 2019 were Sharm el-Sheikh (Egypt), Warsaw (Poland), Minsk (Belarus), Ankara (Turkey), Vienna (Austria), Berlin (Germany); domestic – Odesa, Zaporizhia and Lviv.
At the same time, in June 2019, the airport serviced 248,500 passengers, which is 14.8% less than in June 2018. The number of passengers serviced on international flights amounted to 241,800, on domestic flights – 6,700 passengers.
The number of serviced flights in June 2019 amounted to 2,691 (arrivals and departures), which is 9.9% less than the same period of 2018.
The press service of the airport told Interfax-Ukraine, the decline in passenger traffic was mainly due to the relocation of SkyUp Airlines.