Ukraine To Have Another International Airport

22 December 2017 10:24

The Cabinet of Ministers has supported a plan to open a border control point at the Poltava airport. This relevant decision was made at a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers on Wednesday, December 20, the CFTS reports, citing the Facebook page of Minister of Infrastructure Volodymyr Omelian.

"By government decision, the Poltava airport has been granted international status. Congratulations to Poltava residents. The head of the region, Mister Holovko, fought for this for a long time, and I am glad that we succeeded. We are awaiting a new powerful player on the Ukrainian map of airports," Omelian wrote.

According to the final document of the Cabinet of Ministers meeting, the State Border Service and the State Fiscal Service have been instructed to facilitate operation of the relevant units of the border and customs services at this checkpoint.

The Poltava airport’s acting General Director Yurii Kolesnik recently said that it was necessary to repair the airport terminal and build a fence in addition to gaining corresponding status in order for the Poltava airport to reach the international level. "The airport is already certified for domestic flights. To reach the international level, it is necessary to reconstruct the terminal, build a fence, and attain the appropriate status. A flight school for training pilots is already in operation, charter flights are being performed, and there is a night landing system for airplanes," Kolesnik said in May this year.

Built in the 1950-60s, the Poltava airport has a passenger terminal with an area of about 5,000 square meters and design throughput capacity of up to 400 passengers per hour. The length of the runway at the Poltava airport is 2.55 kilometers.