The Ukrainian Railways public joint-stock company (Ukrzaliznytsia) is holding talks on electrification of the railway line between Kyiv and the Boryspil international airport. Ukrzaliznytsia’s acting head Yevhen Kravtsov announced this to reporters on October 29, the Interfax Ukraine news agency reports.

According to him, the relevant negotiations with the State Aviation Service and the Ukrainian State Air Traffic Services Enterprise (UkSATSE) are already nearing completion.

“Once it is done, it will simplify operation of various types of trains on this route,” Kravtsov said.

According to him, express trains will begin transporting passengers on this route by the end of November.

As reported earlier, Ukrzaliznytsia expects to transport about 3.8 million passengers between Kyiv and the Boryspil airport in 2019.

According to Ukrzaliznytsia’s calculations, the cost of the project can be recouped within 10 years if the ticket price is set at UAH 80. However, ticket prices may be raised depending on demand for the service and other factors.

The travel time between Kyiv’s central train station and the airport will be about 40 minutes. Four Pesa rail buses will be operated on the route and one will be in reserve.