Airlines operators in Ukraine have seen a strong rebound in 2021 after heavy losses in 2020. During January-May 2021, Ukraine’s largest airport (Kyiv Boryspil) saw passenger numbers recover to 60% of the levels seen in 2019.
In May 2021, due to security concerns, Ukraine banned its airlines from entering the airspace of Belarus following a major incident with a Ryanair flight heading from Athens to Vilnius. The airplane was requested to land in Minsk airport in order that the authorities could arrest a Belarusian journalist, with the incident receiving worldwide attention.
The Ukrainian government launched a new national airline – Bees Airline – in 2021 in order to promote the country’s aircraft industry with it ordering new aircraft from the Ukrainian producer, Antonov. It hopes that this will boost the popularity of domestic air travel, which remains limited despite the fact that Ukraine is one of Europe’s largest nations in terms of land area.
Currently, the vast majority of air traffic in and out of Ukraine is fulfilled by major airports in Kyiv, while the country’s more remote regions are quite poorly connected in terms of air transportation. However, the Ukrainian government aims to fix this regional inequality in air travel through public-private partnerships.
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Airlines covers sales made to country residents (outbound and domestic tourists) and excludes sales to incoming tourists. Please note that airlines sales made to country residents when they are travelling abroad or through foreign websites or apps are also included and will be considered under the country of residence. The total amount paid for a flight after taxes and other charges is included. The return flight leg is included as well as the total amount paid for a flight ticket. Value sales exclude all forms of transit. Euromonitor International considers airline capacity and passengers carried in terms of enplanement based on scheduled flights. A passenger whose flight stops mid-route to pick up more passengers but continues with the same aircraft/flight number would be counted as one enplanement. A passenger who switches flights to another airline or aircraft with a new flight number mid-journey would be considered as two enplanements. Enplanements are not the same as number of seats sold or seat bookings, as the latter both include all bookings and do not exclude no-shows and cancellations. Direct transit passengers are excluded, eg those who continue on the same flight. Other transit passengers are included where passengers change plane with a new flight number. Air passengers carried relate directly to air value sales, where domestic and outbound travellers are only included. As such value and volume data in both sizes and shares is aligned and exclude the inbound component.See All of Our Definitions
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