The Ukrainian airline company, Yanair, has taken delivery of a Boeing 737 airplane and decided to establish a base in Zhitomir. The press service of the Zhitomir city council announced this in a statement, citing Zhitomir’s First Deputy Mayor Serhii Sukhomlin.

"Permission to prepare a project … for allocation of 58 hectares of land for construction of the Yanair airline company’s airport was only granted during a session of the city council in April 2014. Deputies decided in June to grant the right to sign a lease agreement. The company registered the first aircraft – a Boeing 737 – two weeks ago. The city budget earned UAH 400,000 from this," said Sukhomlin.

The official added that Yanair would create 200 jobs at its base at the airport, the airport itself would create 150 jobs, and an aircraft repair and maintenance company would create 100 jobs.

According to the city council’s press service, the first takeoff/landing of aircraft at the Zhytomyr airport will take place in the fall if the construction work is completed on time. Yanair’s plans to operate flights to/from Zhitomir were not known until now.

The Yanair limited liability company was registered in Zhitomir on 15 June 2012. It received an operating certificate in July 2013. It is based at the Kiev (Zhuliany) airport. Information on the website of the carrier states that it currently has a fleet of five aircraft: two Saab 340 turboprop aircraft and three Airbus 320 aircraft. Its plan to take delivery of the Boeing 737 became known in April.