Ukrainian airlines report traffic growth slowdown

Ukrainian carriers transported a total of 720,000 passengers in the first month of 2018 The country’s air carriers transported only 6.5% more passengers year-on-year in January 2018 (Zhulyany Airport)

Ukrainian airlines carried a total of 720,600 passengers in January 2018, the country’s State Aviation Administration reports. This indicates a year-on-year growth of just 6.5%, quite moderate compared to the 57.5% surge registered in January 2017.

Of the number, 643,300 passengers traveled internationally (up 5.8% year-on-year).

Passenger traffic through Ukrainian airports climbed 17.9% to 1.250 million in the first month of 2018, also slower than the 41.8% growth reported in January last year. International traffic grew faster than domestic, at 18.6%, reaching 1.092 million passengers.

Of all Ukrainian airports, only Kyiv’s Zhulyany, Kharkiv, and Dnipro have reported their January results. Zhulyany demonstrated the highest traffic growth rate of the three, at 43.8% on January 2017 to 155,500 passengers. The list of the most popular destinations included Dubai, Minsk, Ankara, Budapest, Warsaw, Memmingen, and Rome. Domestically, passengers preferred Odesa, Zaporizhia, and Lviv.

The airports serving Kharkiv and Dnipro served 59,500 and 19,100 passengers, respectively, demonstrating 25% and 2.2% growth. Kharkiv also reported that its international traffic prevailed, constituting 74% of all passengers welcomed. Demand was the highest for flights to Istanbul, Sharm El Sheikh, Warsaw, Tel Aviv, and Minsk. Hungarian low-cost carrier Wizz Air is set to relaunch flights from Kharkiv this year.

Ukrainian carriers served a total of 10.5 million passengers in 2017, up 27.5% year-on-year. Traffic through Ukrainian airports increased 27.6% to 16.5 million passengers. The main growth drivers were Ukraine International Airlines’ efforts to develop its network, a surge in outbound tourism, and an increase in domestic passengers.

Traffic growth started to slow down in the second half of last year, which experts explained at the time by higher traffic numbers in the second half of 2016 compared to its first half.

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