Ukraine launches express train linking Kiev, largest airport

Source: Xinhua| 2018-11-30 22:49:50|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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KIEV, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- An express train linking the Ukrainian capital with the country's largest airport was officially launched Friday, the government's press service said in a statement.

The trip on the train from the Kiev central railway station to the Boryspil International Airport would take about 35 minutes, the statement said.

"The launch of the high-speed rail connection will not only significantly simplify the way to the airport from the city, but also lessen the traffic load on key city roads," it said.

Earlier, Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said the construction of the high-speed railway line took about six months and had cost 20.6 million U.S. dollars.

A train ticket costs about 2.8 dollars.

Located 20 kilometers southeast of Kiev, the Boryspil International Airport is the busiest airport in Ukraine, covering about 67 percent of the country's passenger traffic. The airport serves some 10 million Ukrainian and international passengers per year.

The State Railway Service of Ukraine has estimated that 3.8 million passengers will use the express train next year.

Previously, people traveled between Boryspil and Kiev by automobile, which usually took more than an hour due to heavy traffic.