Passenger Traffic in the Airports Operated by Airports of Regions Management Company Shows 19% Growth in 1Q 2018
According to 1Q 2018 results, the airports operated by Airports of Regions managing company (Yekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Rostov-on-Don) served 2 million 529 thousand people showing a 19% increase against the consolidated figure of same period last year. The passenger traffic on domestic airlines totaled 1 million 943 thousand people (+14%), on international ones 586 thousand passengers (+ 39%). The passenger traffic of the Airports of Regions Holding Company in the first two months of this year was 1.5 times higher than the industry average.
With Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Yelizovo International Airport joining the Airports of Regions Holding in the first quarter this year, the holding company’s passenger traffic reached over 2 million 646 thousand people from January through March.
Koltsovo International Airport is maintaining its leading positions within the holding company in terms of the number of passengers served. In the first quarter, Yekaterinburg airport served 1 million 136 thousand passengers, a 20% increase against 1Q 2017. It was the first time in Yekaterinburg airport’s history that its passenger traffic exceeded 1 million people in the first quarter of the year. Increased by 38%, international flights showed the highest growth reaching 345 thousand passengers in absolute terms. The key growth destinations include Phuket, Dubai and other tourist destinations.
A steady passenger traffic growth was shown in the first quarter of this year by the new Rostov-on-Don Platov airport. The only airport of that level built from scratch in today’s Russia, it served over 643 thousand passengers (+16%) in 1 Q 2018. Of that number, domestic airlines accounted for 533 thousand passengers, a 16% increase against last year. Growth rates were even higher in international passenger traffic (+19%) exceeding 109 thousand passengers. The growth is largely driven by Platov’s actively expanding regional and international route network. The most noticeable growth in the number of passengers was recorded for destinations such as Sochi, Yekaterinburg, Samara, Makhachkala, Simferopol, Istanbul and Tbilisi
Kurumoch Samara Airport served 559 thousand passengers according to 1Q 2018 results showing a steady 16% growth against the same period last year. It was the highest first quarter operational result in Samara airport’s history. Over the reporting period, domestic airlines accounted for 454 thousand passengers (+12%), international ones for 104.9 thousand passengers (+38%). International flights growth was driven by Dubai and Istanbul flights. The traditional domestic flight leaders Moscow and St. Petersburg were joined by Surgut and Yekaterinburg.
Strigino Airport in Nizhny Novgorod has become the champion within Airports of the Regions Holding Company in the passenger traffic growth in specific terms (+27%). According to 1Q 2018 results, it served over 192 thousand passengers. Domestic airlines accounted for 165.6 thousand passengers (+13%), international ones for over 26.4 thousand (+466%). Nizhny Novgorod airport’s most popular destinations include Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi and Samara. Simferopol lost its fifth position to Yekaterinburg in 1Q 2018. Strigino’s tremendous international passenger traffic growth was driven by Nha Trang and Phuket destinations served by charter flights. In addition, the passenger traffic to Dubai and Minsk has increased manifold.