Ukrainian airports, airlines see traffic grow nearly 30% in 2017

The number of Ukrainian citizens traveling abrroad grew last year The country's carriers transported 10.5 million passengers, while its air gates served 16.5 million travelers (Igor Bubin / Wikimedia)

Ukrainian airlines carried 10.5 million passengers in 20117, up 27.5% year-on-year, the country’s State Aviation Administration reports. International traffic grew 28.6% to 9.6 million passengers. The country’s carriers operated a total of 92,200 commercial flights, up 16% year-on-year. Out of this number, 77,700 flights (+14.4%) were international.

Some of the main drivers behind this growth in traffic were the efforts of the national carrier Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) to develop its route network, as well as an increase in international travelers among Ukrainian citizens and growing numbers of passengers flying from regional airports, industry experts say.

However, this growth started to slow down by the end of the year. Whereas in the first half of the year the traffic growth rate reached 40%, the figure for January-November stood at 29.6% (9.827 million passengers). This may have been caused by a low comparison base in early 2016, against which the early 2017 figures look especially impressive.

Ukrainian airports saw their combined traffic grow 27.6% to some 16.5 million passengers, including 14.6 million international travelers (up 29.2%).

Kyiv’s Zhulyany airport reported 1.85 million passengers for all of 2017, up 64.2% year-on-year (1.76 million on international and 83,300 on domestic routes). Dnipro aiport’s traffic went down 2.8% to 277,000 passengers. The downward trend was due to a 9.6% decrease in the number of domestic passengers, to 131,100. At the same time, international traffic through Dnipro grew 3.3% to 145,800 passengers.

The other Ukrainian airports have not reported their 2017 performance results yet.

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