Ukraine’s State Air Traffic Service Enterprise (UkSATSE) provided air navigation services to 42,914 flights performed by domestic and foreign airlines in Ukrainian airspace in the first quarter of this year, the press office of UkSATSE announced.
With 4,770 flights, the Turkish Airlines was the leader among foreign airlines and second among all airlines. In the same period last year, the Turkish Airlines performed the fourth highest number of flights among foreign airlines in Ukrainian airspace.
The Turkish Airlines began operating daily flights between Istanbul and Kherson in April 2015. In addition, the airline operates flights to Kiev, Lvov, Odessa, and Dnepropetrovsk. It also performs a significant number of transit flights through the territory of Ukraine.
The largest Finnish airline, Finnair, began performing transit flights through Ukraine – in the Lvov flight information region – in the first quarter.
The largest volume of navigational services in the Ukrainian airspace was provided to Ukraine International Airlines (UIA), which accounts for about half of the passenger traffic through the country's largest airport, Boryspil (Kyiv). However, UkSATSE did not disclose the number of flights performed by UIA. As reported, the airline carried 793,000 passengers in the first quarter of the year, which is 1% more than it performed in the same period of last year.