International traffic helped Ukrainian airlines to beat their record

Ukrainian airlines served 8.3 million passengers in 2016 Ukrainian airlines served 8.3 million passengers in 2016 (Photo by Boryspil Airport)

The year of 2016 turned out to be record-breaking for the Ukrainian airlines as they served 8.274 million passengers (+31.2% compared to 2015), reported the country’s State Aviation Administration. This exceeds the pre-crisis level of 2013 when the airlines carried 8.1 million passengers. According to Ukrainian aviation expert Sergey Khizhnyak, the positive dynamics is driven by two main factors – transfer passenger traffic growth shown by the country’s national carrier Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) as well as growing demand among Ukrainian tourists for Turkey resort destinations.

90% of the passengers, 7.472 million people, travelled to international destinations. This segment has been growing almost by the same rate as the total market, by 31.6%.

Boryspil, the base airport for UIA, is also focusing on transit transportation development. Its passenger traffic grew by 19% in 2016 reaching 8.75 million passengers (of which 2.31 million are transfer passengers). However this level also turned out to be a record-breaking one. The previous peak was registered in 2012 when Boryspil Airport served 8.47 million passengers.

The total passenger traffic in all Ukrainian airports grew by 20.9% to 12.929 million passengers. This means that Boryspil’s share reached a 52.2%. But despite the rapid growth, the last year’s total passenger traffic turned out to be lower than the peak pre-crisis level reached in 2013 when the country’s airports served 15.1 million passengers.

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