At the end of December 2020, the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine addressed the Cabinet of Ministers with a request to allocate 500 million hryvnias (18 million dollars) to support civil aviation during the second wave of Covid-19. The relevant letter-request, which was written by the head of the ministry Vladislav Krykliy, was published by the expert organization StateWatch.
"These quarantine measures have caused a significant decline in passenger traffic on air transport - both international and domestic," reads the text.
In 2020, Ukraine’s passenger air traffic decreased by 66% (compared to 2019). This has led to significant losses for airports and carriers.
As we reported earlier, Ukrainian State Air Traffic Services Enterprise (UkrSATSE) thinks that the restoration of passenger air traffic will depend on the beginning of the vaccination campaign.
The realistic scenario foresees that the vaccine for passengers will be released for public use by summer 2022. In this case, the air traffic will get back to the pre-quarantine level in 2026.