The Ternopil region’s Governor Stepan Barna and the Motor Sich company’s President Viacheslav Bohuslaev have held talks on resumption of operation of the Ternopil airport. They discussed the possibility of the Motor Sich airline launching flights on the Kyiv-Ternopil route with subsequent performance of flights to Rzeszow (Poland), the Ternopil regional administration announced.
"The state-owned enterprise Motor Sich is one of the flagships of the Ukrainian economy. It is important for us to develop a strategy for supporting our manufacturers... One of our priorities is resumption of the Ternopil airport’s operation. The issue is extremely topical. We already have experience of cooperation since 2010. Unfortunately, we were unable to resume flights between Ternopil and Kyiv then, and we are trying to return to this topic again now. We are already working on options for attracting potential passengers to the possibility of implementing a project involving flights between Kyiv and Ternopil. This is a priority, although we are also discussing the need to implement a Kyiv-Ternopil-Rzeszow (Poland) project. We are currently holding these talks. On the other hand, we are interested in creating a modern, new Aviation Service Center at the Ternopil airport," the governor of the Ternopil region said.
As reported earlier, the Ternopil airport plans to extend its runway by 500 meters and harden its surface. The project for extending the runway is currently being developed. Transformation of the airport into an international airport, including construction of a new terminal, will cost UAH 300 million.
In addition, the Ternopil region planned to lease the local airport for the symbolic amount of UAH 1 per year.
Mayor of Ternopil, Serhii Nadal asked the Ukrainian leadership and the Ryanair low-cost airline to consider the Ternopil international airport as the airline’s main base in western Ukraine. According to the mayor, the Ternopil airport fully meets the requirements of Ryanair.