In 2017, five Ukrainian companies transported 93% of the total amount of passengers handled by Ukrainian airlines. Those five were the Ukraine International Airlines, Windrose, Azur Air Ukraine, Atlasjet Ukraine and Bravo Airways, according to the Center for Transport Strategies citing the statistics published by the State Aviation Service of Ukraine.
The service did not provide quantities of passengers handled by each corporation, but it said that Windrose boosted its handling 2.5-fold, compared to the 2016 results. At the same time, Atlasjet Ukraine saw a 73.8% rise, Bravo Airways increased its figure by 49.9%. Also, Azur Air Ukraine and Ukraine International Airlines increased their handling by 17.2% and 16.5% respectively. Earlier it was reported that in 2017 Ukraine International Airlines handled a total of 6,93 million passengers.
Altogether, in 2017, a total of 18 Ukrainian airline companies engaged in passenger transportation.
According to the State Aviation Service, charter flights saw the highest growth pace among Ukrainian airlines – 49.2%. A total of 3,8 million of Ukrainian passenger reportedly took charter flights. 85% of such flights were operated by just four airlines: Windrose, Ukraine International Airlines, Azur Air Ukraine and Bravo Airways.
Nevertheless, the majority of Ukrainian passengers traveled via scheduled flights – 6.8 million of Ukrainian citizens took this route. This figure indicates an 18% rise from the year before. Altogether, Ukraine’s corporations engaged in aviation services handled a total of 10.6 million passengers.
The Ukraine International Airlines, Windrose and Azur Air Ukraine handled over 75% of passengers at Boryspil airport. The main source of growth of passenger handling for the airport occurred thanks to the attraction of transit passengers and charter flights.
The occupancy of international flights operated by Ukrainian airlines in 2017 slightly dropped from to 77.7% from 78.2% a year earlier. At the same time, the occupancy of domestic flights over 2017 stood at 73.5% against 73.3% in the previous year.
A total of 930.9 passengers traveled on domestic flights between 9 Ukrainian cities operated by 5 airlines. The volume of passengers in 2016 was 17.6% lower. At the same time, more than 9.6 passengers traveled on international flights operated by Ukrainian airlines, indicating a 28.6% rise from the 2016 figure. 5.8 million of those passengers traveled on scheduled flights, which shows an increase of 18.1%.