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Kyiv International Airport Zhuliany
Kyiv International Airport (Zhuliany)

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Airport typePublic / Military
OwnerCity of Kiev/Govt. of Ukraine
ServesKiev, Ukraine
Focus city forWizz Air[2]
Elevation AMSL179 m / 587 ft
Coordinates50°24?06?N 30°27?06?E / 50.40167°N 30.45167°E / 50.40167; 30.45167Coordinates: 50°24?06?N 30°27?06?E / 50.40167°N 30.45167°E / 50.40167; 30.45167
IEV is located in Kiev Oblast
Location in Kiev Oblast
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 2,310 7,579 Concrete
Statistics (2018)
PassengersIncrease 2,812,300[3]
FlightsIncrease 30,248

Igor Sikorsky Kyiv International Airport (Zhuliany) (Ukrainian: «?» ()) (IATA: IEV, ICAO: UKKK) is one of the two passenger airports of the Ukrainian capital Kiev, the other being Boryspil International Airport. It is owned by the municipality of Kiev and located in the Zhuliany neighbourhood, about 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) southwest of the city centre.

Aside from facilitating regular passenger flights, Kyiv International Airport is also the main business aviation airport in Ukraine, and one of the busiest business aviation hubs in Europe.[4]


The original, Soviet-built passenger terminal served as the domestic terminal until mid-2013.

Early years

The airport is known since 1923 as a military airfield that was co-used by the "Ukrpovitroshlyakh" ("Ukrainian Society of Air Communications") which in 1934 was completely integrated into Aeroflot as the latter's regional administration. The airport terminal was built only after World War II in 1949. Until the 1960s, Zhuliany was the only passenger airport serving Kiev.[]

In 1959, the larger Boryspil International Airport was built near the city of Boryspil, gradually replacing Zhuliany as the main airport serving Kyiv. Since that time the old "Kiev" airport became commonly known just as "Zhuliany" (or Kyiv-Zhuliany) and was used for Soviet domestic flights only.[]

International flights and traffic revival

After Ukraine gained independence in 1991, "Kyiv" airport began receiving international flights from nearby countries (first from its former Soviet "domestic" destinations), increasingly so since the 2000s when Ukraine's civil aviation started booming. On 27 March 2011, Wizz Air, the locally-pioneering low cost airline, moved all its operations to "Zhuliany" from the Boryspil Airport,[5] - starting the new era of around-the-clock flights at the airport and increasing the passenger traffic by 15 to 20%.

In 2012, the airport has managed to survive the European cold wave without major flight delays or cancellations.[6]

Surrounded by major railways, highways and residential districts, the airport has limited possibilities to expand its runway. Therefore, it is limited in the weight of aircraft that are allowed to fly in the airport (currently up to Boeing 737/Airbus A320 type). In 2013, the airport declared plans to expand the runway for additional 150 m, although stressing complete safety and operability of its current length.[7] Other parts of the airport infrastructure are also being developed. The new "A" terminal opened on 17 May 2012,[8][9] now receives all international and some domestic flights. Projects for expanding Zhuliany's taxiways and aircraft parking lots considered as well.[]

Recent developments

In the first half of 2013, the airport's passenger traffic rose 2.7-fold (to 816,757 passengers per year) since the beginning of the year, including 4.2-fold growth of the domestic traffic.[10] According to the media and industry experts, once underdog Zhuliany Airport has rapidly grown into a major, and more efficient, competitor to the country's leading Boryspil Airport.[11]

As of July 2013, Moscow, Treviso and Dortmund were the most popular international destinations from the airport, with Simferopol, Donetsk and Odessa leading among domestic destinations.[10] Also in 2013, the airport opened a new domestic terminal and a new business terminal,[12] with currently 3 terminals in service.

In March 2015, Wizz Air Ukraine announced that it would cease operations leading to the cancellation of several routes from their base at the airport. Only some of their former routes were taken over by its parent, Wizz Air,[13] though the airlines has since expanded its flight network from the airport, with twenty destinations to be served by August 2017.[]

Between 14 and 24 May 2017, the airport was closed for runway improvement work.[14]

On 22 March 2018 the Kiev City Council officially renamed the airport International Airport "Kyiv" (Zhulyany) Igor Sikorsky in honor of Igor Sikorsky.[15][16] Nevertheless, the airport continued to be referred to as Zhuliany.[17]

Airlines and destinations


The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to and from Kyiv International Airport (Zhuliany):[18]


SprintAir Warsaw-Chopin

Neighboring aviation facilities

  • In 2003, the Ukraine State Aviation Museum was created in one of the industrial estates neighboring the airport. It is the largest aviation museum in Ukraine, exhibiting some unique Soviet examples including original prototypes for famous airliners.
  • The Ukrainian Air Force and the Ukrainian National Guard maintain a small training facility in the vicinity of the Zhuliany Airport.[]


Year Passengers Change Kyiv Zhuliany Airport Passenger Totals 2002-2018 (in millions)
2002 258,800[32] -
2003 284,000 Increase09.7%
2004 211,300 Decrease025.5%
2005 110,100 Decrease048.0%
2006 75,000 Decrease032.0%
2007 92,400 Increase023.2%
2008 30,400 Decrease067.0%
2009 12,100 Decrease060.0%
2010 29,000 Increase0140.0%
2011 469,800 Increase01.520%
2012 862,000 Increase083.5%
2013 1,838,393 Increase0113.3%
2014 1,090,120 Decrease040.7%
2015 944,305 Decrease013.4%
2016 1,127,500[33] Increase019.4%
2017 1,851,700[34] Increase067.3%
2018 2,812,300[35] Increase051.9%

Ground transportation


The Airport is connected to the city's main highway infrastructure via the Povitroflotskyi Avenue, and served by a number of city transport routes, including:[36]

As well as private bus routes. Car parking facilities at the airport itself are limited, however, long stay parking can be found in the airport's immediate vicinity. Taxis can often be found waiting directly outside the terminal, in the passenger drop-off/pick-up area.


The airport's old passenger terminal is located about 0.5 km away from the Kiev-Volynskyi rail station - a stop for elektrichka commuter trains as well as for the new intracity Urban Electric Train service.[]


Plans for the Orange line 4Podilsko-Vyhurivska Line, which is planned for construction elsewhere in the city, includes the Airport transfer station from the 'Zhulyany' Airport. The station is expected to be constructed by 2030.[]

See also


  1. ^ Code IATA «IeV» from old soviet transliteration Kiev. KIE was already used by Kieta Airport
  2. ^ "Wizzair wickelt Ukraine-Tochter ab" [Wizzair handles Ukrainian subsidiary] (in German). 27 March 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ " ? ? ? ? 3 ?".
  4. ^ "" - ["Juliani" set up to do business] (in Russian). 7 December 2012. Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ Wizz Air ? ? ? [Wizz Air has transferred its flights from Boryspil to Juliani]. (in Russian). 25 September 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ ? [The capital's airports are operating in normal mode]. (in Ukrainian). 14 February 2012. Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ ? ?: ? , ? [Problem at Zhuliany: Airline complains about the runway, airport implies crew error]. (in Russian). 13 July 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  8. ^ "Kolesnikov opens new terminal at Kyiv Airport". Kyiv Post. 17 May 2012. Archived from the original on 17 May 2012. Retrieved 2015.
  9. ^ "Digital Journal: Ukraine opens second airport in Kyiv". Kyiv Post. 22 May 2012. Archived from the original on 23 May 2012. Retrieved 2015.
  10. ^ a b ? ? 2013 [Juliani Airport boasting a three-fold increase in passenger traffic in 2013]. (in Russian). 9 July 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  11. ^ ? ? ?. ? - ? [Kiev is heading for the skies. Juliani airport is turning to the success of its younger brother, Boryspil] (in Russian). 13 May 2013. Retrieved 2015.
  12. ^ "Kyiv international airport opens business terminal". Kyiv Post. 13 December 2013. Retrieved 2014.
  13. ^ "Wizz Air Further Restructures Ukrainian Operations". 26 March 2015. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  14. ^ "" . 5 (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2017.
  15. ^ " "?" ? ? '?" [Kyiv airport received a new name], ? , 22 March 2018, retrieved 2018
  16. ^ "Kyiv International Airport officially named after Ihor Sikorsky", Kyiv Post, 22 March 2018, retrieved 2018
  17. ^ "Construction of new section of Zhuliany airport's international terminal begins", Kyiv Post, 30 July 2018, retrieved 2018
  18. ^ - For passengers retrieved 22 July 2016
  19. ^ " ? ".
  20. ^ " ? ".
  21. ^ "Flights to Rome, Italy and worldwide destinations - Alitalia". Retrieved 2017.
  22. ^ Liu, Jim (28 June 2018). "FlyErbil outlines operations from June 2018". Routesonline. Retrieved 2018.
  23. ^ "Booking".
  24. ^ Liu, Jim (28 March 2018). "Jordan Aviation adds Kiev service from mid-March 2018". Routesonline. Retrieved 2018.
  25. ^ Kyiv-Lviv-Uzhhorod flights to be resumed on March 15 - Poroshenko, Ukrinform (1 March 2019)
  26. ^ Liu, Jim (19 November 2019). "Pegasus adds Dalaman - Kyiv link from late-April 2020".
  27. ^ a b Liu, Jim (7 March 2019). "Wizz Air adds new Greek routes from Kiev from late-May 2019". Routesonline.
  28. ^ "Wizz Air will fly from Krakow. Cheap carrier will open 12 routes from the capital of Lesser Poland". 21 November 2018.
  29. ^ "New WizzAir routes from Kiev to ESTONIA (Tallin) and to Lisbon! - TravelFree". 12 July 2017.
  31. ^ Liu, Jim (19 December 2016). "WizzAir expands Kiev Zhulyany service from Aug 2017". Routesonline. Retrieved 2016.
  32. ^ " ? : ?, ?, , ?". Aviation Today. Retrieved 2018.
  33. ^ " ? ? 2016 ?". Retrieved 2017.
  34. ^ "? «?», ? 2017. ?". Retrieved 2018.
  35. ^ " ? ? ? ? 3 ?". Retrieved 2019.
  36. ^ - Directions to airport retrieved 21 June 2018

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