PASSENGER TRAFFIC OF AIRPORTS OF REGIONS HOLDING IN 2021 EXCEEDED PRE-PANDEMIC LEVELS

The total passenger traffic of the airports operated by Airports of Regions Holding Company reached 16.2 million people (15.6 million in 2019). The trend of the year was burgeoning traffic on regional routes.

The passenger traffic at Koltsovo International Airport exceeded 6 million people, which is slightly lower than two years ago, when 6.3 million passengers used the services of Yekaterinburg Airport. Yet the ongoing pandemic does not allow for the full recovery of international traffic. Last year, 45% fewer passengers received the services on international flights from Koltsovo, than in 2019.

Platov Airport provided its services for 2.9 million passengers in 2021, down 4.9% against 2019. Most of the passengers – 2.3 million – were carried by domestic flights. The drop in passenger traffic at this airport as compared to 2019 still affects both segments, with a 4.2% drop in passenger traffic on domestic flights and a 7.1% drop on international flights. At the same time, regional traffic on the routes bypassing Moscow showed a 20% increase.

Last year, Novy Urengoy airport provided its services for more than 955,000 passengers. This is only 2.5% less than in 2019. Meanwhile, the number of flight destinations from Novy Urengoy has grown over the past year. For example, direct flights from the gas capital city to Nizhnekamsk, Cheboksary and Tomsk opened in 2021. On the whole, the flight network of Yamal’s biggest airport included 51 passenger routes, of which 33 are regular ones.

Passenger traffic at Kurumoch International Airport exceeded the 3 million mark and repeated the figure for 2019. On domestic routes the traffic grew by 8% last year. The opportunity to travel on international routes was used by 606 thousand people, down 23% against the level of 2019. On domestic routes, regional traffic showed notable growth: compared to 2019, the passenger traffic on scheduled flights bypassing Moscow increased by 45% and exceeded 1 million people for the first time.

Nizhny Novgorod V.P. Chkalov International Airport handled a record number of passengers in 2021. At the year’s end, the air hub’s total passenger traffic surged by 31% versus 2019 to 1.48 million people, of which 1.1 million were passengers on domestic flights. The increase in this segment had reached 42% by 2019.

Gagarin International Airport provided its services for more than 992,000 passengers, bringing its passenger traffic to almost 1 million people per year for the first time in its history, which corresponds to its design capacity. Last year Gagarin’s route network expanded to 19 destinations. Regular flights to Kazan, Makhachkala and Yerevan were launched for the first time, as well as regular flights to Simferopol and Anapa.

At the end of 2021 the international airport of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (Yelizovo) handled over 772 thousand passengers. Annual passenger traffic here was 1.84% higher than in pre-pandemic 2019. Novosibirsk was the leader in terms of growth rate: the passenger traffic on flights to this destination increased by 31.5% as compared to 2019, while Vladivostok was the most popular destination by the number of departures, with the notable exception of the Moscow air hub.