“On October 2, passenger traffic to Kharkiv International Airport reached a record high of 1 million passengers per year for the first time,” Kharkiv International Airport’s press-service announced.
The millionth passenger was 15-year-old Daniel Chervoniy, who traveled from Istanbul to Kharkiv with his parents on a Turkish Airlines flight.
The family found out that the boy became the millionth passenger when the plane was about to land. The crew announced it via a loudspeaker. The family was met by the airport and airline crew with flowers and gifts at the plane steps.
A pleasant surprise for the flight’s passengers was a reception where they were treated with a cake and champagne.
Turkish Airlines awarded the family with a certificate for free airline return tickets for three people to any destination. The airport granted them free service at the VIP terminal, as well as a certificate for 50 000 UAH (about $2,000), which can be spent on anything.
“In 2009, when only the old terminal was operating and passenger flow amounted to 200,000 per year, we could hardly imagine breaking the record of 1 million passengers. This goal seemed very distant to us. But today, it has finally been achieved. And that’s not the final limit for us,” Volodymyr Vasilchenko, general director of New Systems AM company-operator of Kharkiv International Airport stated.
“For the last two and half years, we have continued to operate daily flights and connect Kharkiv with more than 300 destinations worldwide through our new hub, Istanbul Airport, one of the largest airports in the world. Kharkiv has become one of the important destinations of Turkish Airlines,” Alper Kasikci, general director of Turkish Airlines says.
Text: Natalia Ivanova
Photo: Kharkiv Airport