The Ukrainian State Air Traffic Services Enterprise (UkSATSE) provided air navigation services for 9,842 flights in January 2021, which are 54.2% fewer than the number of flights it handled in January 2020, the CFTS portal reports.

By flight type, air traffic in Ukrainian airspace in January is distributed as follows: 1,356 domestic flights (23.9% fewer compared with the number in January 2020), 4,624 international flights (59.9% fewer), and 3,862 transit flights (52.8% fewer) were performed in the airspace under the responsibility of Ukraine.

Ukrainian airlines performed 2,988 flights (54.6% fewer than they performed in January last year) and foreign airlines 6,854 flights (54.1% fewer).

"The trend in the volume of air traffic in Ukraine did not change significantly in the first month of this year, but there is a reason for it to improve with the approach of the flight season that will begin on March 31," UkSATSE said in a statement.

"After active vaccination of citizens, governments will begin to lift restrictions on border crossing, the mobility of the population will increase, and demand for air travel will increase as a result. Therefore, restoration of airline flight schedules will begin. This means that our company will gradually return to normal operation. In addition, we expect an active summer navigation season for Ukrainian carriers and intensification of flights to European destinations," UkSATSE’s head Andrii Yarmak said.

As the CFTS portal reported earlier, UkSATSE handled 142,047 flights in 2020, which are 57.6% fewer than it handled in the same period in 2019.