On September 20th a message about the risk of terminating international flights to and from Kharkiv appeared in the mass media.

The National Aviation Service of Ukraine received a draft ballot suggesting that the flights to and from the Eastern territories of Ukraine, where Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhia international airports are located, should be deemed unsafe. The document was drawn by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The National Aviation Service of Ukraine is currently consulting the involved authorities in order to formulate an official position and to prevent the shutting of airspace over Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhia airports.

In addition, the Kharkiv city council is asking the Prime Minister of Ukraine to turn to EASA in order to prevent the adoption of this document and to preserve only the ongoing prohibition of entering the airspace over the territory of counter-terrorism operation.

Kharkiv airport’s official statement is that for now there are no changes in the airport’s routine functioning. The airspace is open. All flights run according to the schedule. The airport continues following the adopted development plan.

Let us recall that Kharkiv airport is the largest one in the Eastern Ukraine. It served almost 600 thousand passengers in 2016. During the eight months of 2017 the passenger flow increased by 42 %, and the number of passengers reached 537,5 thousand people. At the moment many big airlines, such as Ukrainian International Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, LOT, Belavia etc. conduct flights to and from Kharkiv.