Moscow’s Airports Are On The Up

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MOSCOW’S THREE main international airports have all reported significant gains in passenger numbers during the first quarter of 2010, buoyed by a growth in international traffic and a rebound in domestic demand.

At Domodedovo International, the largest gateway into the Russian capital, 4.2 million passengers were handled during the first three months of 2010, a 37.9% increase over the same period last year.  The growth was well balanced between domestic and international numbers with a 37.9% rise to 1.6 million and a 34.5% increase to 2.5 million being recorded respectively.

Domodedovo officials are confident that the passenger growth will continue at these high rates for the remainder of the year thanks to new routes being introduced by airlines this summer.  Most notable among these are Cathay Pacific Airways launching a three times per week flight from Hong Kong from July 13 after the suspension of its codeshare deal with Aeroflot on the route.  Others include Cypriot carrier Eurocypria Airlines, which has also recently launched a twice-weekly flight from Paphos; Air Berlin has introduced a six-times weekly link to Berlin/Tegel while Transaero Airlines will begin services to Qostanay in Kazakhstan and Beijing in China.

At Sheremetyevo International, the main base for national carrier Aeroflot Russian Airlines, a 28.5% growth to 3.5 million was recorded during the first three months with international numbers up 25.1% to 2.3 million and domestic demand up 35.7% to 1.2 million.  Meanwhile, the third largest facility, Vnukovo International, handed 1.8 million passengers during the period, a 35.8% rise on the first quarter of 2009.  It recorded 490,000 international passengers (an 8.7% increase) and 1.4 million on domestic services, a 46.4% rise on last year.

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