Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) plans to increase its fleet of aircraft by seven in in 2016. Yevhen Dykhne, the acting general director of the Boryspil airport, which is UIA’s base airport, announced this, the Interfax Ukraine news agency reports.

"I want to say that the UIA expects to receive seven new aircraft in 2016. They have set us the task of ensuring increase of passenger traffic," He said at a press conference in Kyiv on Tuesday, 16 March.

As reported, UIA announced at the end of 2015 that it planned to take delivery of 5-6 Boeing aircraft in 2016.

The airline took delivery of one Boeing 737-800 (registration UR-PSM) in January. According to the press service of the carrier, one more such airplane is expected to arrive by March 25. Further plans will be announced later.

Asked about the directions of development of the airport in 2016, Dykhne said this would definitely include development of transit operations. "We have great potential for development in this area, and we will step it up. We are doing everything to ensure that transfer passengers receive fast services. We are working with our base carrier to enable it to increase the number of transfer passengers," he said.