Passenger traffic at Boryspil airport (Kyiv) has tripled compared to the beginning of spring, about 30,000 passengers are checked in per day, the chief of staff of the Kyiv separate checkpoint, Lieutenant Colonel Pavlo Matviychuk, has said.
“Let’s start with the passenger traffic flow, which in March … was about 10,000 people and 1,000 vehicles per day. Now we carry out registration at Boryspil airport – this is about 30,000 passengers per day. That is, passenger traffic increased significantly in summer,” Matviychuk said at a briefing at Boryspil airport.
The Ministry of Culture and Information Policy informs that from May 15, passengers flying from Ukraine to Turkey do not need to present the results of PCR testing.
“From May 15, 2021, passengers flying from Ukraine to Turkey do not need to present the results of PCR testing. The Turkish government has canceled the requirement for them to present the results of PCR testing,” the press service of the Ministry of Culture said.
It is noted that this decision will enter into force on May 15, 2021 at 00:00 Kyiv time.
Cancellation of testing will also be implied to passengers from China, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Great Britain, Latvia, Luxembourg and Estonia.
Boryspil International Airport (Kyiv region) in March 2021 served 534,353 passengers, which is 10% more compared to March last year (486,490 passengers).
As noted in the airport’s statement on Wednesday, in March, the airport served 259,278 passengers on regular flights and 275,075 passengers on non-scheduled flights.
“For objectivity, a longer period should be considered: in the first quarter of 2021, Boryspil airport served 1.206 million passengers [of which 633,000 passengers used regular flights, and 573,000 used non-scheduled flights], and this is 50.5% less than the same period last year [in the first quarter of 2020, some 2.437 million passengers were served],” the airport said.
Passenger traffic on domestic flights in March increased by 18.6% (some 40,100 passengers) compared to March 2020.
International passenger traffic is also showing growth, the number of passengers increased by 9.2% (some 494,300 passengers).
The top five destinations of Boryspil airport in March 2021 were: Sharm el-Sheikh, Hurghada, Istanbul, Dubai and Minsk.
“It is worth noting that a year has passed since the coronavirus [COVID-19] pandemic rocked the aviation industry. The most difficult period for Boryspil airport was the period from March to May 2020 – regular flights were suspended, and the airport served only special flights. Passenger traffic was extremely insignificant and this explains the increase in passenger traffic in March this year,” the airport said.
According to preliminary results, Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) carried 1.787 million passengers from January to December 2020, which is four times less than the result for 2019 (about 8 million passengers).
The press service of the company reported that during the specified period, UIA operated about 17,000 regular and code-share flights, which is 72% less compared to the same indicator for 2019. The percentage of transit passengers amounted to 43% of the total traffic (486,000 passengers, 86% less).
The company also noted that in 2020 it transported more than 4,800 tonnes of cargo (15,000 tonnes in 2019) and 1,350 tonnes of mail (4,400 tonnes in 2019).
“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and government decisions to ban flights, the airline was forced to cancel thousands of flights and, as a result, the airline received thousands of requests for refunds. In the period from April to November 2020, some 85,861 passenger requests and returns in the amount of almost $ 22 million were processed. By this time, about 56,000 unprocessed applications for refunds were recorded. UIA employees carefully record each appeal and process them in turn,” UIA added.
The airline noted that during the lockdown, UIA optimized its work: it reduced its expenditures by three times, optimized its fleet and proportionally cut its staff by about 1,000 people.
Passenger traffic at Boryspil International Airport decreased by 65% in January-October 2020 and amounted to 4.53 million people.
As the airport said on its Facebook page on Monday, the number of transfer passengers decreased by 84.9% to 435,500, the number of flights by 57.9% to 39,800.
In October 2020, the airport served 472,500 passengers (less by 67.3%), of which 17,400 (84.9% less) were transfer.
The number of flights was more than 4,300 (56.9% less) in the past month.
As reported, Boryspil International Airport in 2019 increased passenger traffic by 21.1% to 15.260 million people compared to 2018.
Boryspil International Airport is the largest airport in Ukraine with a total occupied area of about 1,000 ha. It has two runways: the one is 4,000 meters long and 60 meters wide, the second is 3,500 meters long and 63 meters wide. There are four passenger terminals and a postal and cargo complex on its territory.
SkyUp (Kyiv) in October 2020 transported 130,900 passengers, of which 114,500 by charter flights and almost 16,400 by regular flights.
The press service of the airline reported on Tuesday, in October there were 825 flights under domestic and international flight programs (672 charter flights, and 133 regular flights). Some 79 flights were performed in Ukraine.
The airline also said that in the past month, it completed 91% of its flights on time.
In addition, in October SkyUp transported 31 tonnes of cargo, which is almost 2.5 times more than in September.
SkyUp Airlines LLC was registered in Kyiv in June 2016. The founder is Tetiana and Yuriy Alba’s ACS-Ukraine LLC, which also owns the JoinUp! tour operator.