All three Moscow airports – Vnukovo, Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo – report passenger traffic for November increased this year versus the same period in 2015. The first two airports showed a traffic increase for the first time in 2016.
Remarkably, Vnukovo demonstrated the biggest passenger growth breaking the dominant trend since the beginning of 2016, the Federal Air Transport Agency reveals. Last month the passenger traffic in this airport amounted to 1.099 million people, up by 36.5% compared to November 2015. The number of passengers on domestic and international flights climbed 40.2% (to 841,000) and 25.8% (to 258,000) correspondingly. The gateway’s officials attribute the increase to the growth several large domestic carriers UTair, Pobeda and Rossiya. Moreover, the drastic traffic decrease in November 2015 due to the demise of its base operator Transaero made the current surplus in passenger growth look even more noticeable. A year ago the airport’s traffic fell by 14.7 % vs. 2014.
Domodedovo likewise registered a 3.9% growth in November passenger traffic to 1.940 million although the reason to that is discouraging statistics of November 2015 (Transaero was based in this airport, too). The actual figures show that the number of enplaned passengers here has been steadily going down for a year now. By comparison, in November 2015 the passenger traffic in Domodedovo dropped by 16.7% year-on-year.
However, passenger traffic in Sheremetyevo, a home-port for the largest Russian carrier Aeroflot, is consistently growing. In November 2016 the gateway serviced 2.664 million passengers which is 14.7% more compared to the same period of 2015. Both domestic and international traffic grew approximately by 15 % and reached 1.215 and 1.469 million people respectively.
The traffic on international flights via the Moscow air cluster went up by 9.1% in November while the overall passenger flow increased by 14.2%. Russian airlines report their domestic passenger traffic climbed 18.5% and, what is more remarkable, it is for the first time this year that they have been experiencing positive dynamics on international flights as well.
The combined 11-month statistics for all three airports show the existing trend is still on – the passenger traffic in Sheremetyevo is rising (+6.7% in January-November 2016), while in Domodedovo and Vnukovo it continues to go down (by 7.2% and 14.7% accordingly).
Domodedovo reckons that the Russian annual growth of traffic volume will comprise 5.8% in 2017-2025 saying it will be driven by national economic growth, elimination of administrative restrictions, development of the Russian tourist resort infrastructure, and 2018 FIFA World Cup events. Industry experts say Domodedovo and Vnukovo will need one or two years to return to the pre-crisis level.
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