In Ukraine, alive air

Passenger traffic by air transport in Ukraine is growing rapidly. Overall for 2016, and increased by 36.6% and in the fourth quarter of 55.9%. And in the new year the aviation industry promises to set a new record in passenger traffic, writes “Business capital”.

The number of passengers carried last year was for domestic airlines a record: of 8.3 million, up 31.3%. In a very successful 2012, as in 2013, the number was 8.1 million in 2014 and 6.5 million in 2015, and 6.3 million According to the Ministry of transport, the number of international passengers airlines Ukraine increased in 2016 by 31.6% — to 7 million 472 thousand On domestic routes airlines carried 802 thousand people, which is 27,6% better indicator 2015

This increase was not some sudden reason. Just increased effective demand for services of air transport on the part of Ukrainians, and airlines, for its part, has lured passengers increasingly diverse and great offers. Impressive quarterly dynamics of passenger turnover of the Ukrainian aviation: the first quarter — an increase of 18.8% compared to the same quarter of 2015, second quarter — by 28.2% in the third quarter against 39.2%, in IV quarter — on 55.9 per cent. It can be expected that in 2017 will be too high growth rates. The popularity of European destinations should contribute to the introduction of visa-free regime with the EU. In addition, you can expect an influx of Europeans in Kiev in may during the Eurovision song contest.

Thanks to aviation in 2016 and increased the total turnover of Ukrainian transport — 5.1%, to 102,24 billion pass.*km. In particular, passenger traffic “uz” increased by 4.3% to of 36.95 billion pass.*km. At the same time, the trucking companies, this indicator decreased by 0.8% to of 34.49 billion pass.*km, trolleybus transportation — 3.2%, to 5.9 billion pass.*km, tram — by 5.7%, to 4 billion pass.*km, metro — 0.3% to 5.35 billion pass.*km.

Graph: “Business capital”

But the intention of BONDS to raise fares, of course, was negatively met by the domestic producers. The Minister of infrastructure Vladimir Omelian saidthat “any increase in tariffs must be reasonable and be carried out only after the “Ukrzaliznytsia” will show the effectiveness of anti-corruption measures, the implementation of the reforms, explain the tariff structure”. Increase of tariffs for passengers, he also called “very sensitive” issue.

“And there may not be a direct answer, they say, we have such financial condition, and therefore we raise rates. I want the Ukrainian monopoly provided a quality product and it has received more money, not just raise tariffs”, – said the Minister.

But now he has, in fact, solves nothing. 18 Jan “Ukrzaliznytsya” the government’s decision derived from the Ministry and subordinated to the Cabinet. Accordingly the Cabinet, not the Ministry, will give the go-ahead to increase tariffs.