Within the framework of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's program "Great Construction", six airports are currently being built and reconstructed in Ukraine. This was stated by Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal at a press briefing on May 27 during a working trip to Dnipropetrovsk region.
"Active construction of airports has triggered in Ukraine this year. This year alone, the state has allocated almost UAH 1.5 billion from the budget for the airport in Dnipro. A transparent tender has been held and work on the construction of the runway should be intensified in the coming months. We will complete all these works within the next two years, and finally, a large modern airport will appear in the city of Dnipro with a population of about a million," the Prime Minister stressed.
Apart from that, Denys Shmyhal commented on the creation of a national air carrier and the development of domestic air transport in Ukraine. The Head of Government noted that the domestic air carrier should purchase Ukrainian aircraft, but negotiations are underway to purchase aircraft from international manufacturers as well. In particular, such negotiations are being carried out with the world's three largest companies in this field.
"The development of the Ukrainian national airline should also contribute to the development of aircraft construction in Ukraine. For the first time in 30 years, the state has started actively ordering aircraft from domestic factories. In particular, agreements were reached and contracts signed for the supply of three AN series aircraft for the Armed Forces, as well as two AN aircraft for the Ministry of Internal Affairs," told Denys Shmyhal.
The Prime Minister also noted that the creation of the national airline will help to fulfill two tasks at once: the development of aircraft construction and cheaper tickets for domestic flights.
According to Denys Shmyhal, the new Minister of Infrastructure has been tasked with speeding up the negotiation and work process to create such a national air carrier. Relevant memoranda must be concluded in the near future.