On February 13, a press conference was held in the Kharkiv Region State Administration Press Center. It was dedicated to the key directions of the 2018 strategy of Kharkiv International Airport. The Kharkiv Region Governor Yulia Svitlychna outlined her vision for the Airport’s role in developing the transportation infrastructure of the Kharkiv Region and the 7 adjacent regions. Volodymyr Vasylchenko, Director General of “New Systems AM” (the Management Company of Kharkiv International Airport, part of Oleksandr Yaroslavsky’s DCH Group) dwelt on new flights and carriers’ pricing policy. “Currently, we have reached our record results in terms of passenger traffic, we have brought new carriers to the market including one of the world’s biggest carriers – Turkish Airlines,” said Vasylchenko.
Kharkiv-Milan (UIA). On April 27, Ukrainian International Airlines are starting a regular direct service of Kharkiv-Milan. The flights will operate twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays. The flight time is 3 hours 15 minutes. The departure from Kharkiv is at 9.35 pm. The arrival at the Airport of Bergamo (Milan) is 11.50 pm local time. The return ticket fare starts at $ 188. The new flight is a real catch for those who make use of Kharkiv Airport’s services because passengers had to travel to Milan via Kyiv, Warsaw and other cities before. Now everything is much simpler and much more comfortable! Besides Milan, UIA already operates flights from Kharkiv to Kyiv and Tel-Aviv two and four times a week correspondingly.
Kharkiv-Dortmund, Kharkiv-Katowice (WizzAir). In 2018, Kharkiv Airport re-starts its cooperation with the largest European low-cost carrier WizzAir to result in the launch of regular direct flights to the German city of Dortmund in April. In June WizzAir is to start its service to Katowice, Poland. Both the airports are convenient hubs as from here it is easy to reach other cities all over Europe and globally. Ticket fares start at $ 20 for Katowice and at $ 30 for Dortmund, so savings are obvious.
Kharkiv-Tbilisi, Georgian Airlines. A regular direct service to the sunny Georgia’s capital will become an excellent present for Ukrainian tourists and business people. One of its advantages, among many others, is the fact that Georgian Airlines, unlike Ukrainian carriers, are not subject to restrictions of crossing the territory of the Russian Federation which keeps down the flight time considerably.
Barcelona, Tivat, Larnaca, Burgas – SkyUp. In 2018, a new carrier, SkyUp, enters the Kharkiv market with several of its services – to Barcelona, Tivat, Larnaca, and Burgas. The carrier mainly focuses on tourist traffic as it is a subsidiary of the famous tour operator JoinUp; however, it is planning to offer low-cost services and part of its tickets will be sold on the open market.
Prospects. According to the Director General of Kharkiv International Airport Volodymyr Vasylchenko, the Airport is conducting negotiations on launching regular services to Odesa, Lviv and Dubai.
For your information. We would like to remind our readers that Kharkiv Airport was renovated by Oleksandr Yaroslavsky’s DCH Group within the framework of preparing Kharkiv for EURO-2012 together with other key facilities of the city. The whole of the investment in the project including the construction of a new passenger terminal and the renovation of the old one equals $ 107,2 mln.
By the follow-up to 2016 data, ACI EUROPE (Airports Council International Europe) rated Kharkiv as one of the most rapidly developing European airports (airports with passenger traffic of up to 5 mln. people) showcasing + 60.1% in comparison to the same period of the previous year.