On 2 October, Kharkiv International Airport welcomed the millionth passenger. The passenger was a fifteen-year-old Daniel Chervonyi, who flew with his parents on Istanbul–Kharkiv flight by Turkish Airlines.

The family learned about the boy becoming a millionth passenger on board the aircraft while landing in the city. The crew announced it over the loudspeaker. And at the ramp, the airport and airline team greeted the family with flowers and gifts.

From Turkish Airlines, the family received a certificate for free return tickets for three persons in any direction. And from the airport they got the right to free service at the VIP terminal, as well as a certificate for 50,000 hryvnias, which can be spent on anything they want.

‘10 years ago, in 2009, when the old terminal was the only operating one at the airport with less than 200,000 passengers a year, we could hardly imagine crossing the 1,000,000 mark. This goal seemed to be a very distant one. But today, we have finally achieved it. And this is not the limit for us. We are grateful to those passengers who have chosen Kharkiv airport during these years,’ said Volodymyr Vasylchenko, the CEO of New Systems AM, the management company of Kharkiv International Airport, part of Oleksandr Yaroslavsky’s DCH Group.

‘For two and a half years, we continue to facilitate daily flights and connect Kharkiv with more than 300 destinations worldwide through our new hub, Istanbul Airport, one of the world’s largest airports. Kharkiv has become one of the important destinations of Turkish Airlines, with its potential for air travel growth, dynamic population, and cultural wealth. To better meet the needs of the city’s population for travel around the world, we are looking for further progress and hope to celebrate the two-millionth passenger at Kharkiv airport in the future,’ said Alper Kaşıkçı, General Manager of the representative office of Turkish Airlines in Kharkiv.

The festive reception was a surprise for all passengers of the flight. They could join the buffet and celebrate the return from vacation with a cake and champagne.

For the first time in its history, Kharkiv airport served more than one million passengers in a year.