Passenger traffic through the Boryspil international airport increased by 14% to 3.64 million in the period of January-June this year, compared with the corresponding period of last year, the Interfax Ukraine news agency reports, citing the press service of the airport.

The number of passengers that used the airport as a transfer hub (transit) doubled to 940,000 during that period.

"The Boryspil airport attracted five new carriers in the first half of the year: Air Serbia (Belgrade), Atlasglobal (Antalya), Aegean Airlines (Athens and Larnaca), Mahan Air (Tehran), and Yanair (Sharm El-Sheikh, Hurghada, Antalya, Rimini, Burgas and Bodrum). The existing and new carriers launched flights to 25 new destinations. In particular, the basic carrier, UIA, launched flights to six new destinations (Venice, Aktau, Nice, Dalaman, Bodrum, and Palma de Mallorca) and increased the number of its flights to 26 existing destinations," the press service said.

The Boryspil airport handled 33,100 flights in the first half of 2016. This represented an increase of 1% compared with the corresponding period of last year.

The Boryspil airport also increased cargo transportation by 16% to 13,062 tons.

The Boryspil international airport accounts for more than 68% of the air passenger traffic in Ukraine. It is the only airport that handles long-haul flights in Ukraine. More than 50 airlines perform regular flights from the airport on more than 100 routes all over the world.