Zhytomyr airport plans to obtain status of intl airport
The Zhytomyr regional airport plans to obtain the status of an international airport.
An Interfax-Ukraine correspondent has reported that the owner of Yanair airline that invests in the airport, Oleksiy Yanchuk, gave this information in Zhytomyr last week.
"From today we will use the airport as the servicing base and synchronously develop it. With the gradual development we plan to ask the government to assign the status of an international airport to the airport," he said.
Yanchuk added that if the events unfold under the plan, in summer the airport could service charter flights to recreation zones.
The owner of the airline did not disclose the sum of investment in the development of the airport, adding that much money has been invested and much more will be invested.
Zhytomyr Mayor Serhiy Sukhomlyn said that Yanair last year paid UAH 1.5 million to the city's budget and the development of the airport could create around 400 jobs.
After 25 years of the actual idle period on January 29, 2016 the Zhytomyr regional airport serviced the first technical flight of Yanair's Saab 340.
The airport's director Serhiy Budiak said that the airport's field can service An-24 and Saab 340 aircraft. In the future it is planned to continue the reconstruction of the airport and expand its capacity.
Yanair acts as an investor in the airport, which plans to place the technical servicing base in the airport.