Passenger traffic through the Kharkiv international airport increased by 56% to 53,400 in May 2016, compared with 34,200 in the corresponding month of 2015, the press service of the airport announced.

In the period of January-May, passenger traffic through the airport increased by 66% to 180,800 compared with the corresponding period of last year.

"The significant increase in passenger traffic is largely due to the expansion of geography of international flights from Kharkiv. In particular, direct flights to Belarus (Minsk), Georgia (Kutaisi), and Poland (Warsaw) are in high demand among passengers," the press service said.

In addition, airlines have increased the number of flights to Turkey (Antalya, Istanbul) and Israel (Tel Aviv) while passenger traffic in the Kyiv direction has increased.

This rate of increase in passenger traffic is in line with the expectations that the airport’s management expressed in early spring.