The Odesa international airport’s new terminal building will be opened in September, the airport’s Director Vitalii Portianko said in an interview with the CFTS portal.

"The construction of the terminal is in the final stage. We plan to commission the building and its utilities in September," he said.

After the building is commissioned, installation of passenger service technologies will begin. In addition, permission to provide services to passengers and certification of the customs point still have to be obtained.

"Migration of flights to the new terminal will be performed gradually in order to avoid disrupting flights. Domestic flights will be the first to be transferred. Next, charter flights will be transferred to the new terminal and then regular international flights. I think it will begin full operation during the 2017 summer navigation season," Portianko said.

The new passenger terminal will have 29,000 square meters of space, compared with 8,000 square meters at the existing Soviet-era terminal. The new terminal will be able to handle 3 million passengers per year. The passenger traffic at the Odesa airport is currently about 1 million per year. The old terminal will be mothballed.