The Boryspil international airport plans to spend about UAH 100 million on de-mothballing its Terminal F and preparing it for resumption of operation in spring 2019. The airport’s General Director Pavlo Riabikin announced this in an interview with the RBK-Ukraine publication.
“We will spend about UAH 60 million this year and about UAH 30 million next year. In total, we are investing about UAH 100 million in de-mothballing of the Terminal F. In this terminal, passengers will move into airplanes and back either on buses or on foot,” Riabikin said.
According to him, the issue with the Ryanair airline has been resolved, and the handling of the airline’s flights will be transferred to this terminal.
"Terminal F will be open for regular operation from the beginning of the spring season, that is, at the end of March 2019. We understand that services will be provided to Ryanair there. We are also negotiating with several airlines on their transfer to the terminal," he said.
According to him, similar negotiations are also being held with other airlines – both low-cost and traditional airlines.
“These include classic airlines that want to fly to us during peak ours of services to UIA. It is difficult for us to handle the flights of this and other airlines during the morning and evening peak periods of UIA’s arrival and departure flights. We are also in talks with airlines that operate charter flights. However, not all airlines want to switch to Terminal F. For example, Flydubai wants its passengers to use an air bridge, and air bridges are available only at Terminal D. I think that we will reach 10-15 flights per day by the time Terminal F resumes operation. The average will be 12 flights," Riabikin said.
As reported earlier, the Boryspil airport’s Terminal F was closed in October 2013 after only three years in operation (it was opened in September 2010). The reason for its closure was the relatively small volume of passenger traffic through the airport, for the handling of which the Terminal D (which is designed for 15 million passengers) alone was sufficient. However, the Terminal D is already operating close to its maximum capacity during morning and evening peak hours.