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Ukrainian aviation boom continues: airports post 24.5% passenger growth in 2018

Ukrainians are flying more often and they are overwhelmingly heading westwards to EU destinations in what many see as a reflection of the country's changing geopolitical orientation

Ukrainian aviation boom continues: airports post 24.5% passenger growth in 2018
Kharkiv International Airport is one of a number of Ukrainian airports to report record passenger growth in 2018 as the country enjoys an unprecedented aviation industry boom
The Business Week/UkraineInvest
Thursday, 31 January 2019 12:28

Ukraine is currently experiencing an unprecedented aviation industry boom, with airports across the country setting new records in terms of both passenger numbers and new flights.

Overall, Ukrainian airports reported a 24.5% year-on-year increase in passengers during 2018 with 20.5 million people taking flights.

The top performing airports were the Ukrainian capital’s two international gateways Kyiv Boryspil and Kyiv Sikorsky, while Lviv International Airport led Odesa and Kharkiv as the leading regional airport in terms of passenger numbers.

The number of flights on offer to Ukrainian passengers has also skyrocketed in recent years, with the process continuing in 2018. In a sign of the times, the vast majority of new flights are to EU destinations. Meanwhile, there have been no direct flights to Russia since late 2015.

Ukraine’s air travel sector is booming thanks to a combination of factors including three years of steady economic growth and the 2017 advent of visa-free access to the European Union.

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