Ukraine Unveils New Airport in Donetsk
KYIV, Ukraine, May 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
Country officials open the renewed terminal at Donetsk international airport in
Ukraine just in time for EURO 2012. The renewed airport boasts a seven-storey terminal
capable of servicing up to 3,100 passengers per hour (previously – 700), reads the
statement by Ukraine’s Infrastructure Ministry.
Donetsk airport recently introduced an artificial runway suitable for all types of
airplanes, including the heavy Boeing 747 and Airbus A380. It boasts the tallest in the
country 52 meter control tower. The International Civil Aviation Organization granted the
airport the ICAO III A category, allowing it to accept landings at zero visibility
“At the beginning of the 1930s the constructors of this airport had no idea what a
high technology site it would grow into,” said the Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych
at the opening ceremony on May 14 th. The Airport’s renewed infrastructure will help
manage the increasing number of passengers arriving in the eastern Ukrainian city for EURO
Ukrainian state budget contributed USD 758 million into the Donetsk airport
reconstruction. Additionally, private investments and local budget funded the
construction. Curiously, in November of 2011 the airport was named after renowned
classical composer Serhiy Prokofiev, who originated from Donetsk.
EURO 2012 triggered reconstruction works at Kyiv and Lviv airports, while Donetsk and
Kharkiv ones were built from scratch. In 2012 western Ukrainian EURO 2012 host Lviv opened
a new terminal. It services up to 2,100 persons per hour. Interestingly, Budapest airport
has the channel capacity of 970 persons per hour (8.5 million a year).
The Airport in Kharkiv boasts a new 2.5 kilometer runway (allowing the airport to
service Boeing 747 and Airbus A380 landings), renewed infrastructure, and a terminal. New
terminal F at Boryspil airport in Kyiv has a waiting zone of 5,670 square meters and
capacity of 2,400 passengers per hour. Comparably, the waiting area in Moscow’s Domodedovo
airport is 2,900 square meters.
Final renovations are under way at Kyiv airports Zhuliany and Boryspil. In May 2012
Zhuliany will get a new terminal with a total area of 14,270 square meters and channel
capacity of 320 persons per hour. In June 2012 Boryspil will open additional terminal D,
servicing over 20 planes at a time. Currently, Boryspil operates 62 percent of passenger
traffic in the country.
SOURCE Worldwide News Ukraine