Despite losing the daily Belavia flight to Minsk this week, the director of Kyiv Sikorsky airport hopes to handle 1.5 million passengers this year, more than double last year’s disastrous level of 704,500

. Referring to the EU, Denis Kostrzhevsky, the director, told Interfax Ukraine: “The question is whether Ukrainians will be allowed in.” In 2018, the airport’s peak year, it handled 2.8 million passengers.