The Irish low cost airline Ryanair (Dublin) intends to carry more than 2.1 million passengers on Ukrainian flights in 2020, which is 33% more than in 2019.
This was announced by Ryanair Chief Commercial Officer David O’Brien at a briefing with Infrastructure Minister Vladyslav Krykliy in Kyiv.
According to him, in 2020 Ryanair plans to open 18 routes in Ukraine, two of which are new from Lviv to Budapest and from Kharkiv to Warsaw (twice a week). In 2020, the company will operate 43 routes from Ukraine.
Ryanair entered the Ukrainian market in 2018. The first months the low cost carrier operated flights from Boryspil and Lviv airports. In June 2019, the airline began flights from Kharkiv and Odesa.
Ryanair daily operates over 2,400 flights to/from 200 airports located in 37 countries. Last fiscal year, the company transported 130.3 million people. Its fleet has 460 Boeing-737 aircraft.
Boryspil International Airport (Kyiv) in January-September 2019 increased passenger traffic by 22.5% compared to the same period in 2018, to 11.623 million people, the press service of the airport has told Interfax-Ukraine.
Passenger traffic on international flights for the indicated period amounted to 10.8 million people (an increase of 23.7%), in the domestic sector some 831,200 people (an increase of 8.8%).
The number of flights for January-September 2019 amounted to 84,400 for arrival/departures, which is 16.1% more than in the same period in 2018, in particular 74,340 international flights (more by 18.2%), and 10,080 domestic flights (2.8% more).
In September 2019, passenger flow in Boryspil amounted to 1.649 million people, which is 27.6% more than in September 2018. At the same time, passenger traffic on international flights amounted to 1.552 million people (29.3% more), on domestic flights some 97,200 (6.1% more).
The number of flights in September 2019 amounted to 11,443 for arrival/departure, which is 24.7% more than in the same period in 2018, including 10,290 international flights (28% more), and 1,150 domestic trips (up by 1.6%).
The head of Kherson Regional State Administration, Yuriy Husev, expects that Kherson International Airport will increase passenger traffic in 2019, in addition, work is underway to modernize its terminal.
“Kherson International Airport transported 150,000 passengers last year. We plan to increase passenger flow this year. On July 30 we resumed negotiations with Ryanair, which confirmed its willingness to fly from Kherson airport. Today, the airport operates regular flights to Istanbul, Kyiv. Scheduled flights to Egypt will be launched soon,” he said in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine.
Husev noted that there is a fruitful cooperation with the EBRD and the IFS developer of software for integrated corporate management, which help build a concept for the development of the airport.
“There is an understanding of what we need to do first. Kherson airport, the air gates of the south of Ukraine, should be developed,” he said.
The head of Kherson Regional State Administration also said that work is underway to modernize the airport terminal.
“There are certain ideas. We are working with the representatives of the regional council so that the necessary funds are provided for in the budget. We are also discussing the idea of a possible concession with the EBRD,” he said.
Passenger traffic at Kharkiv International Airport in January-July 2019 amounted to 683,300 people, which is 25% more than in the same period of 2018, the airport writes on its page in Facebook.
In July 2019, some 130,700 people used the airport’s services, which is 25% more than in July 2018.
The most popular destinations for this period were Antalya, Kyiv, Istanbul, Sharm el-Sheikh, and Warsaw.
As reported, passenger traffic at Kharkiv airport in 2018 was 962,500 people, which is 19% more than in 2017.
Kharkiv Airport has a runway with a length of 2,500 meters and a width of 50 meters. There are two passenger terminals with a capacity of 100 and 650 people per hour in its territory.
Passenger traffic at Lviv International Airport in January-July 2019 amounted to 1.192 million people, which is 41.2% more than in the same period of 2018, according to the official page of the airport on Facebook.
The number of flights in January-July reached 10,551 (9,086 international, 1,465 domestic), which is 24.4% more than in January-July last year.
In July 2019, some 243,000 passengers (224,400 on international flights and 18,600 on domestic flights) used the airport services, which is 25.8% more than in the same period of 2018.
At the same time, the number of serviced flights last month increased by 20.5%, to 1,933. Some 1,697 passengers were transported on international flights and 236 on domestic flights.
As reported, in 2018 the airport raised passenger traffic by 48% compared with 2017, to 1.598 million people.
Lviv International Airport is located 6 km south of the city center.
The transport companies of Ukraine in January-June 2019 carried 2.137 billion people, which is 6.3% 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 52.2 billion passenger-kilometers, which is 3.8% more than in January-June last year. According to the State Statistics Service, in the first six months, 78.3 million passengers were transported by rail (taking into account the city electric train), which is 0.3% more than in January-June 2018, and 907 million passengers were carried by road (5.6% less).
Air transport increased passenger traffic by 8.3%, to 5.9 million people.
In addition, according to the State Statistics Service, in January-June 2019 some 313 million passengers used the services of trams (a decrease of 10% compared to the same period in 2018), 355 million travelled by subway (a decrease of 1.9%), and 477.6 million people used trolleybuses (a drop of 9.1%).
Passenger transportation by water increased by 4.5% compared with January-June 2018, to 200,000 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.