Ukraine Aims to Reopen Airport for Economic Boost

Written by Camilla Jessen

Feb.26 - 2024 3:19 PM CET

Ukraine is working on reopening one of its airports to reestablish air connectivity and spur economic development, once security concerns are fully addressed.

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Ukraine is making efforts to restart operations at one of its airports, once it can ensure safety, according to Andriy Yermak, the Head of the Presidential Office.

Speaking at the "Made in Ukraine" forum on Feb. 26, Yermak adressed the closure of Ukrainian airspace since the conflict began in 2022, cutting off air transport with the rest of the world.

"We are working to open one of our airports. But this will happen only when all security matters (are resolved)," Yermak stated.

"We understand how important this will be for our economic development."

However, the official did not mention which airport might be reopened or detail the security prerequisites.

In November 2023, Yermak had mentioned the possibility of allowing civilian flights to resume even before the conflict ends, pointing out the need for more air defenses from international allies.

According to Ukrainska Pravda, discussions have been focused on an airport in one of the western cities of Ukraine, with Uzhhorod, near the Slovakian border, being considered as a possible option.

Oleksandr Kubrakov, the Infrastructure Minister, suggested in September 2022 that Lviv, located in the west of Ukraine, might be the first city to see flights resuming.