Boryspil International Airport
When planning one’s visit to Ukraine it’s imperative to consider Boryspil International Airport as one’s destined landing. Not only is it the largest airport in Ukraine, serving the country’s largest section of international flights, but this international airport sits just 6 km (3.7 mi) west of Boryspil and 29 km (18 mi) east away from Kyiv, one of only three airports to serve the city of Kyiv.
For those concerned with safety, it may be a relief to know that Boryspil International has a membership with Airports Council International. This council prides itself for providing the public with an air transport system considered secure, efficient, safe, and environmentally responsible. As a non-profit organization it is highly recognized.
Partly due to the Cold War, when the Soviet Air Force flew to and from the airport with its’ first Military Aviation Transportation Regiment (VTAP), Boryspil airport saw international flight action by the 1980s. Although this action was limited, it allowed for the establishment of customs/border control and improved passenger services. Yet, this luxury would not originally be for ordinary Soviet citizens who were restricted to departing abroad from Moscow airports.
After acquiring its’ independence, Ukraine’s Ministry of Transportation set to reorganizing the airport which became Boryspil State International Airport. At this time in 1993, the airport received serious passengers and flights. Since then, air and passenger traffic hasn’t stopped growing. Statistics from the year 2011 show that there was an average of 8,029,400 passengers having passed through the airport and 100,000 flights.
The airport underwent some serious changes from this consistent rise in traffic such as the expansion to Terminal B, which only had 11 gates until the completion of the add-on in 2006. Later in 2008, the government approved the construction of Terminal D. Currently in action is the construction of a new runway which should be finished in 2014.
Parking at Kiev Boryspil Airport
Terminals B, D and F are set up for international interaction. In relation to Terminals B and F short stay car-parking facilities can be found in close vicinity. Long-term parking facilities have been placed near the airport’s access road and ‘station square’. Long and short-stay car parking facilities in the form of a multi-storey car park was built with the construction of Terminal D. Terminal D just recently opened on May 28, 2012.
Other Interesting Facts
From years 2004 to 2011, one can see an increase in passenger traffic anywhere from 15 to 35 percent. However, from year 2008 to 2009 there was a decrease of 13 percent. It would be interesting to look into what challenges the airport faced during this time.
Even better than the general rise in passenger traffic at the airport is the short list of incidents or accidents reported happening at the airport itself. The last was on September 5, 2004 when an An-12 ran off the runway. The undercarriage collapsed from this mishap and, while no fatalities, the aircraft was considered damaged to the point of no repair. The time preceding this particular case, an undercarriage failure, was on September 5, 1992; and, before this, an incident took place in 1976, etc. One can see that luckily the airport has not suffered through many major accident or incident situations.