For the first nine months of 2016, Ukrainian airlines carried 26.7% more passengers than in the same period of last year, coming to a total of 6.195 million, according to data from the State Aviation Administration of Ukraine.
The carriers transported 5.607 million passengers on international routes, an increase of 26.6%, while 588,700 passengers travelled domestically, an increase of 27.6% over the 2015 figure.
A total of 19 Ukrainian carriers offered services during the first three quarters of 2016. The biggest of these was Ukraine International Airlines (UIA), which grew 22.6%. Also in the top were Azur Air Ukraine, which grew 13%, Windrose Airlines (increase 44.1%), YanAir (growth of 920%), and AtlasJet Ukraine. These airlines together served 93% of the Ukrainian air passenger market.
Ukrainian carriers also showed growth in the freight and mail sector, which showed an 18% growth. UIA and Antonov played the biggest roles in this sector.
The State Aviation Administration of Ukraine also published the results for all of Ukraine’s 19 airports, which showed an increase in passenger traffic, albeit at a slower rate–19.8% (up to 9.652 million passengers). Kyiv’s two airports, Boryspil and Zhuliany, managed to increase their passenger traffic by 15.8% and 7.1%, respectively. The greatest increases in this sector were demonstrated by local airports, in particular at Vennitsa, which increased its passenger traffic by 440%, Ivano-Frankivsk, with an increase of 240%, Kryvyi Rih, also by 240%, and Zaporizhia, by 220%.
Dnipropetrovsk and Uzhhorod showed a fall in passenger traffic numbers in the first nine months of this year, with a decrease of 68.4% and 16.1%, respectively.
The number of passengers served by Ukrainian carriers has almost reached the pre-crisis 2013 levels, when the number of passengers amounted to 6.252 million for the period of January through September.
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