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Kharkiv International Airport becomes first in Ukraine to receive EU certification

New status reflects the eastern Ukrainian airport’s compliance with EU aviation industry standards

Kharkiv International Airport becomes first in Ukraine to receive EU certification
Kharkiv International Airport was completely redeveloped ahead of the Euro 2012 UEFA football championships and is now one of Europe’s fastest-growing air hubs in terms of passenger numbers
Business Ukraine magazine
Thursday, 13 June 2019 15:53

The operator of Kharkiv International Airport, DCH Group’s New Systems AM, has become the first in Ukraine to receive an EU certificate indicating compliance with the European Commission’s rules governing flight safety and service quality.   

“On 1 June 2019, the State Aviation Service of Ukraine issued a certificate confirming that Kharkiv International Airport complies with Ukraine’s current aviation standards developed in line with European Commission Regulation No.139/2014,” airport officials confirmed. While certification is not subject to any set time limits, Kharkiv airport will now undergo regular audits to confirm continued compliance with the European Commission’s safety and service standards.

“This certification breakthrough is an important step for the State Aviation Service of Ukraine towards greater European integration. This progress also represents a good example of successful cooperation between the regulator and industry operators in the introduction of European standards,” commented representatives of Kharkiv airport operator New Systems AM, which is part of Oleksandr Yaroslavsky’s DCH Group. They further confirmed that certification specialists from the State Aviation Service of Ukraine worked closely with Kharkiv International Airport over the past six months to secure EU-compliant status.

Kharkiv International Airport is the largest air gateway in eastern Ukraine. It underwent complete reconstruction prior to Euro 2012 as one of the centerpieces of Kharkiv’s infrastructure upgrade ahead of the UEFA tournament. Oleksandr Yaroslavsky’s DCH Group invested over USD 107 million in the airport redevelopment project, which included the construction of an entirely new terminal building and the conversion of existing facilities into a VIP terminal.

In recent years, the airport has witnessed the rapid expansion of domestic and international flight services, establishing a string of new passenger and flight volume records in 2018. Around one million passengers used the airport during 2018, with new regular flights launched to London, Vienna, Dortmund, Katowice, Gdansk and Wroclaw alongside seasonal flights to Tbilisi, Batumi, Milan, Barcelona, Rimini and Burgas.

This expansion trend now continues in 2019, allowing Kharkiv to maintain its position among Ukraine’s top five busiest airports. Airlines currently flying from Kharkiv International Airport include Wizz Air, Turkish Airlines, Pegasus, Ryanair, LOT, UIA, SkyUp Airlines, Buta Airways and many more.

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