The Ministry of Infrastructure has presented a detailed working plan for creation of a modern airfield complex at the Vinnytsia airport. UAH 1.013 billion will be invested in the first phase of construction and UAH 1.187 billion in the second phase, the CFTS portal reports, citing data from the ministry.

As reported, Minister of Infrastructure Volodymyr Omelian presented plans for development of the aviation industry in 2019 at an extended press conference in February. The minister said that development of regional airports requires investment and time “but these are infrastructure projects, the effect of which we will feel in a year and in 10 years.”

The priority projects include modernization of the Vinnytsia airport.

In general, the company will receive UAH 2.2 billion in investment.

"A modern airfield complex will allow increase of passenger traffic and diversification of flight destinations and also lay the foundation for creation of a logistics hub in the region in the future,” Vinnytsia’s Mayor Serhii Morhunov wrote on Facebook. “The reconstruction will be comprehensive. The plans include upgrade of the runway, lighting equipment, access roads, lighting, utility networks, and partly aprons. For Vinnytsia, this is a very important and strategic project that is linked to the future of the city".

Modernization of the Vinnytsia airport will begin this year. Investments in the first phase of the project will amount to UAH 1.013 billion.

UAH 1.187 billion will be allocated for financing the second phase of the reconstruction of the Vinnytsia airport. Its implementation will take 18 months.

The ministry plans to launch the first flight from the reconstructed airport by the end of the year.

As the CFTS portal reported earlier, passenger traffic through the Vinnytsia airport increased by 15% to 60,873 in 2018. The busiest month of in 2018 at the airport was September, when it handled additional flights because of a Hasidic pilgrimage. The airport handled a total of 8,971 passengers that month, compared with 6 329 in June and 5,608 in July.