Ukrainian gateway Lviv International Airport is almost ready to open its brand new terminal in anticipation of hosting the UEFA EURO football championships later this year.
The vice prime minister of Ukraine, Borys Kolesnikov, inspected the new terminal last week to see how preparations were progressing for the EURO 2012 competition.
According to the Ukrainian government, the new look Lviv International Airport, which has taken under two years to build, is 90% ready, and is only undergoing a few tests on the customs, border control and aviation safety areas, before the official launch.
The new terminal will have 29 check-in desks, including nine for domestic flights and 20 for international flights, and is expected to handle up to 1,220 passengers per hour or 5.69 million annually.
Kolesnikov said he was proud at how Ukrainians had managed “the difficult task of building a new terminal in 22 months” as he visited the airport.
In preparation for Euro 2012, Lviv International Airport is undergoing a $200m expansion project, which in addition to the airport terminal includes a 700-metre extension of the existing runway.
The country’s president Viktor Yanukovych is expected to open the renovated airport at the end of March.
In 2010, the airport handled 481,900 passengers.