Kyrylo Khomyakov, the Head of the Ukrinfraproject, yesterday on Facebook. Zakarpattia’s current airport, outside of Uzhgorod, has proven unviable because the runway ends at the national border with Slovakia. A search committee recently abandoned a site at Seredenje, midway on the 40 km highway between the two cities. Local businessmen had snapped up land to resell at high prices. Mukachevo, a city of 85,000, is already a transportation hub, served by trains from Hungary and Slovakia on European gauge tracks and trains from Lviv on broad gauge tracks.
This will be the end of President Zelenskiy’s current term. A priority for the government’s ‘Big Construction’ program, the airport is to have two 2,800-meter runways capable of handling A320 and B737 jets and a privately built terminal capable of handling 1 million passengers a year. This year’s state budget has allotted $1 million for the airport design. Coupled with large scale road paving and reconstruction in Zakarpattia, the airport will boost Ukraine’s Carpathian Mountains as an international tourist destination, says the regional government.