Wizz Air has announced plans to launch direct flights between Kharkiv International Airport and London Luton Airport beginning 13 November. The service will initially run three days per week with return flights on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Minimum ticket price for one-way travel with hand luggage is set to be UAH 609.
“This will be the first flight connecting the Kharkiv region directly with Great Britain,” commented Kharkiv International Airport General Director Volodymyr Vasilchenko. “London is a city of global importance and one of the most popular destinations in the whole world in terms of business, finance and tourism. We believe direct flights connecting Kharkiv to London Luton will serve as a driver for greater economic and cultural ties between London and the whole of eastern Ukraine. We thank Wizz Air for this opportunity and applaud our fruitful cooperation. Thanks to our joint efforts, the London Luton flight is the fourth Wizz Air destination to be launched from Kharkiv this year.”
Kharkiv International Airport is one of Ukraine’s busiest regional air hubs. It received a major upgrade ahead of the Euro 2012 football championship, when Kharkiv served as one of UEFA’s host cities. Kharkiv International Airport is regarded as a model of public-private partnership in Ukraine, with the airport reconstruction work undertaken by private investor Oleksandr Yaroslavsky, president and owner of DCH Group. He is is believed to have invested in excess of USD 100 million into the construction of a state-of-the-art new terminal building and the complete redevelopment of existing airport infrastructure ahead of Euro 2012.
Following a sharp dip in flight and passenger numbers during 2014-15, the airport has experienced consistently strong growth over the past couple of years. In February 2018, airport chief Vasilchenko together with Kharkiv Regional Administration Governor Yulia Svitlichna announced plans for further flight expansion, Many of these flight plans have already been implemented such as Wizz Air flights to Dortmund and Katowice, with Vienna also set to join London Luton in November 2018. Direct flights to Milan (UIA) and Tbilisi (Myway Airlines) have also been established, while regional flights now connect the capital of eastern Ukraine to Barcelona, Rimini and Georgian resort city Batumi.
The past few years have been record-breaking for Kharkiv International Airport as traffic has reached new highs. In June 2018 the airport serviced more than 100,000 passengers in a single month for the first time. Meanwhile, in the first half of 2018, the airport was used by 440,000 passengers, representing a 21% rise on the same period in 2017.