The construction of the Boryspil cargo terminal will begin in autumn
These plans were announced during a meeting of the EBA Logistics Committee with Oleh Yushchenko, Deputy Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine, and representatives of Boryspil International Airport.
As reported by the Ministry of Infrastructure, design work is carried out to prepare for the construction of a cargo terminal, for which additional land plots have already been allocated. Provided that all preparatory work is completed on time, the construction itself will begin in the fall and should be completed in 16 months. Thus, according to optimistic calculations, Boryspil Airport will receive a new cargo terminal by the end of 2021.
The construction of the terminal will be funded with credits that have already been previously approved according to the representatives of Boryspil Airport. At the same time, the Ministry of Infrastructure works on the simplification of the bureaucratic process and negotiates with Asian countries and others to attract additional transit flows.
The business community welcomes such news, as logistics companies have been waiting for this project for a long time. Among the members of the EBA Logistics Committee are companies that transport goods by air both within Ukraine and internationally. Business representatives have a significant share in the cargo flow, which also passes through the cargo terminal of Boryspil Airport.
The worn-out infrastructure of the Boryspil cargo terminal is one of the main reasons that currently hinder the development of air cargo transportation in Ukraine. After all, the structure of the terminal and its capacity have remained unchanged for many years. As a result, there are regular problems with the transportation of goods, especially in winter, when the airport cannot cope with the load due to bad weather.
The second important reason is that Ukraine lacks a direct connection with many popular destinations. For example, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami, Bangkok, Almaty, and Tashkent are very popular among airline customers, however, our national carriers do not offer direct flights to there. The absence of such direct connections leads to increased transit time for the delivery of goods.
The third negative factor currently affecting the air transport market is the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, airlines note a significant increase in expenditures, caused primarily by the reduction in the number of commercial flights and the need to introduce additional cargo flights, which are not always justified by the volume of shipments, but necessary to meet customer obligations.
We hope that in coordinated cooperation with the Ministry of Infrastructure the business will be able to eliminate the negative impact of these factors on its activities, and the air transport industry will be provided with incentives for rapid and active development!