Cherkassy airport (ICAO: UKKE / IATA: CKC) was built in year 1984. At that time it was considered one of the biggest airports on the territory of Ukraine. Due to its international status and favorable location in the center of the state Cherkassy airport served up to 80 flights per day.
However, with a collapse of the Soviet Union in 1992 Cherkassy airport lost its international status, and only a few domestic charters used it as an alternate airport.
Taking into account that enterprise was loss making, it was decided to close the airport in 2002.
Fortunately, six years later after a long period of thorough evaluation of the infrastructure by specialists of the Ministry of Transport of Ukraine, Cherkassy airport resumed its work in May 2007.
The airport management decided to regain international status of the airport, so within next two years of runway and terminal recovery both were reconstructed and opened again.
However, since regaining its international status Cherkassy international airport was still closed for more than 5 years.
Only on September 2nd, 2014 Embraer ERJ-145EP successfully landed at Cherkassy international airport, performing Zurich – Cherkassy – Zurich flight. It was carrying on board Switzerland National football youth team for qualifying match for Euro 2015 football championship. The visit was widely covered in media.
Sky Handling has arranged all services at the airport for this flight. This event confirmed international status of the airport and was a truly historic in life of airport staff and all region.
On September 7th, 2014 the airport served another flight (Minsk – Cherkassy – Zurich) of the same class aircraft, again by Sky Handling’s request. This time the aircraft was carrying football youth team from Liechtenstein visiting Cherkassy also for qualifying match for Euro 2015 football championship.
Sky Handling management expresses its gratitude to all Cherkassy international airport staff for providing on ground qualified services for passengers, aircraft crew members and aircraft.