Kyiv Zhuliany International Airport
Terminals & Amenities
At the Kyiv Zhuliany Airport, most international visitors will use Terminal A, which is the newest. It handles all international flights. The main floor includes ticket counters and an information booth. In addition to waiting areas for planes, the airport offers smoking rooms, a business lounge, food choices, and shops. In addition to restrooms, there are a medical center, a pharmacy, post office, and a bank. The main floor has a nursery for parents with young children. The nursery includes several rooms including a sleeping area, kitchen, bathroom, baby changing area, and play area. Children up to six years old may use the area. You can also rent lockers in this terminal. Of course, the international terminal includes passport control and customs control for arriving passengers. Departing passengers also may be required to show passports and visas.
In Terminal B, you also will find a small medical center, a pharmacy, a bank, and a post office. In addition to restrooms, the airport also provides a nursery. Baggage claim for arriving passengers is also on this level. There are several food choices and an information booth. This terminal does have lockers for those who need to store items or luggage.
WiFi is available for free throughout the airport. Sherbank Rossii offers currency exchange and banking in both terminals. The branch is open from 9 to 9 in the international terminal and from 9 to 7 in the domestic terminal. For travelers who are concerned that their luggage isn’t secure, the airport has a booth for luggage wrapping in which the attendant secures the suitcase with tape, rope, and a man-made fabric. If you need to make a photocopy or send a fax, there are two places where you can find this service. The left luggage office on Terminal A’s ground floor is available before security. The business lounge also offers this service. A business lounge is free to certain ticket holders, and others can buy a voucher to use the lounge. Parking is available in several lots on the grounds. Drivers are permitted to sit for up to 10 minutes to pick up or drop off travelers.
Kyiv, or Kiev, depending on if you are saying it in Ukrainian or Russian, respectively, is Ukraine’s Capital as well as its largest city. The population is estimated at over 2.8 million. Even during the Soviet era of occupation, Kyiv was a busy, growing city. In the 1960s, it was determined that the area had outgrown the Zhuliany airport, and a new airport was built in Boryspil. The result was a sharp decline in aircraft movements since only domestic flights were allowed at Zhuliany. Once Ukraine gained its independence from the Soviet Union, international travel expanded quickly. Soon, Boryspil was busy enough for airlines to turn to Zhuliany as the answer.
In 2011, an airline moved its operations to the airport and, almost overnight, the airport was busy again. The airport terminals were expanded and a new terminal opened in 2012. At that time, the new terminal was designated A and became the only terminal for international flights. The old terminal was renamed Terminal B and now handles only domestic flights.
Other Interesting Facts
The airport is adjacent to the Ukraine State Aviation Museum. This is the largest aviation museum in the country. It features about 80 airplanes and jets that chronicle the Soviet era of commercial air travel and military aircraft. In addition, the Ukrainian Air Force has a small training facility adjacent to the airport.