On 24 February, the Cabinet of Ministers approved the state program for development of 17 airports until 2023, with total investment planned at UAH 8.697 billion. The document is available on the website of the Cabinet of Ministers.

In addition, private investors are expected to spend about UAH 1.2 billion on development of non-aerodrome airport infrastructure.

In particular, the program provides for dividing building complexes and airport facilities into aerodromes (aerodrome facilities) and non-aerodrome facilities, with determination of their owners. Aerodromes will be merged into a single public network that will include both state and municipal aerodromes. They will all be transferred under the management of the Ministry of Infrastructure and state enterprises designated by the relevant ministry will be responsible for their economic management.

According to the program, the aerodromes of the airports in Dnipropetrovsk, Kyiv (Zhuliany), Kharkiv, Odesa, Donetsk, and Simferopol will be returned to the state.

As a result of implementation of the program is expected to increase total passenger traffic through airports to 24.3 million people per year by 2023 (more than twice as many as in 2015) and double the capacity of airports.

In addition, the period of ground handling of each aircraft will be reduced to 35-40 minutes, Ukraine’s air transit potential will be increased significantly and public-private partnership in maintenance and operation of airports will accelerate.

The share of revenues from non-aviation operations will increase to 40% of the total revenues of airports and the number of low-cost airlines will increase to approximately 30% of the total volume of the Ukrainian air transport market.