(MENAFN - UkrinForm) The Infrastructure Ministry of Ukraine in cooperation with the local authorities launched the construction of a new airport in the village of Solone, Dnipropetrovsk region.
'The airport [in Dnipropetrovsk region] is the first major infrastructure project that we start to build from scratch this year. It is the initiative of the President, which we will implement in the next 2-3 years, Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan said, the press service of the Ministry reports.
According to the minister, the existing airports in the cities of Dnipro and Zaporizhzhia need the major structural repairs of the takeoff runways and the reconstruction of the terminals, requiring the costs comparable to the sum for the construction of a new airport.
'The airport in the village of Solone will be a new modern infrastructure facility, which will give a new life to the village and Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhzhia regions on the whole. We start the construction of the airport, and at the same time we launch the development of the entire adjacent infrastructure," the minister added.
Omelyan expects that the passenger traffic will reach 1.5-2 million people in two years after the new airport starts to operation. He added that the total passenger traffic at the airports of Dnipro and Zaporizhzhia cities had been slightly less than 700,000 in 2018.