As foreign countries maintain entry limitations due to quarantine, Kharkiv International Airport’s January passenger traffic reached only 32% of the figure seen in January 2020, totalling 35,600. International flights carried 31,800 people, and domestic ones 3,800. The number of flights fell to 208 from 435 in January 2020. The most popular destinations were Istanbul, Sharm El Sheikh, Kyiv, Kayseri, and Kraków.
Despite indefinite entry limitations due to quarantine still in effect worldwide, carriers are bracing for a busy summer season. SkyUp Airlines, a Ukrainian low-cost carrier started selling tickets on four new routes: to Bratislava (Slovakia), Rhodes and Heraklion (Greece), and Larnaca (Cyprus). The first flights on them will depart in April–May. Also in May, but still ahead of schedule, Wizz Air is launching flights to Larnaca.
On 5 March, carriers will start restoring their pre-quarantine flights from Kharkiv International Airport. SkyUp Airlines, Wizz Air, and Ryanair will resume carrying passengers on 18 usual routes.
They will restore flights to Poland: Wrocław, Gdańsk, Kraków, and Poznań;
Italy: Rimini and Venice;
Germany: Berlin and Dortmund;
European capitals: Prague (the Czech Republic), Vienna (Austria), Budapest (Hungary), Tallinn (Estonia), and Vilnius (Lithuania);
and popular tourist destinations: Barcelona (Spain), Batumi (Georgia), and Burgas (Bulgaria).
However, some visitor categories are still barred from entering these countries, so make sure to read our advice on visiting the country of your choice and entry regulations active there.
Spring flights to resort cities
Starting March, tours to Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada (Egypt), and Istanbul (Turkey) will become available, with flights to Antalya and Bodrum (Turkey) following in April. Although the countries are open to visitors, some rules need to be observed.
To enter Turkey, one needs to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test 72 hours before crossing the border and obtain a valid fit-to-fly certificate. Children under 6 years are not required to undergo the test. Also, passengers need to buy a COVID-19 emergency insurance certificate. They can do it online, from tour operators, while booking airline tickets, or in the Turkish airport after landing.
The passengers arriving in Egypt will also need to provide a fit-to-fly COVID-19 certificated obtained no later than 72 hours before crossing the border.