Sochi and Kaliningrad fastest growing Russian airports in Q1

Sochi Airport's traffic increased 42% in Q1 2016 Sochi Airport's traffic increased 42% in Q1 2016 (Photo by Alexander V. Solomin / Wikipedia)

Airports in Sochi and Kaliningrad grew at the highest rate among Russia’s top-20 airports by first quarter results. According to the data published by the Federal Air Transport Agency, compared to Q1 2015, the traffic at Sochi increased by 42% to 893,200 passengers; in Kaliningrad, it grew by 24.4% to 327,100 passengers.

Vnukovo suffered the worst traffic plunge—a result of Transaero’s exit from the market. Its Q1 results came in at 25.5% worse than in the same period of last year. Having served 2.234 million passengers, the airport ceded its position in the top-3 list to St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo, which also faced a traffic decline of 6.3%, to 2.314 million passengers.

Sheremetyevo retains its leading position among Russian airports. In Q1 it served 6.901 million passengers against 6.325 million at the same time last year, showing a 9.1% increase. Domodedovo’s traffic remained almost level: +0.2% to 5.732 million passengers.

Notably, most airports in the top-20 rating managed to increase their traffic by riding the wave of surging domestic travel. Negative results, apart from the mentioned Vnukovo and Pulkovo, were found in Rostov (–1.6%), Mineralnye Vody (–6.6%), Khabarovsk (–1.5%), Krasnoyarsk (–4.8%) and Irkutsk (–4.3%).

Cumulative traffic served by Russian airports in the first quarter grew 1.6% YOY and reached 29.859 million passengers. Several airports outside the top-20 list showed over 100% growth: Ulyanovsk-Vostochny (+944.5%; 162nd position), Bryansk (+638.0%; 170th position), Cheboksary (+343.4%; 67th position), Sabetta (+190.2%; 59th position), Kirov (+185.6%; 63rd position), Ust-Kamchatsk (+128.6%; 239th position), and Bugulma (+120.6%; 93rd position).

 

Airport Rating position 2016 (2015) Served in Q1 2016, PAX Served in Q1 2015, PAX Variation to 2015, %
Moscow Sheremetyevo (SVO) 1 (1) 6 901 163 6 324 661 +9,1
Moscow Domodedovo  (DME) 2 (2) 5 731 594 5 718 238 +0,2
St. Petersburg Pulkovo (LED) 3 (4) 2 314 476 2 469 237 –6,3
Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) 4 (3) 2 234 245 3 000 235 –25,5
Sochi Adler (AER) 5 (7) 893 155 628 915 +42,0
Yekaterinburg Koltsovo (SVX) 6 (5) 760 702 734 593 +3,6
Novosibirsk Tolmachyovo (OVB) 7 (6) 712 820 694 295 +2,7
Krasnodar Pashkovskiy (KRR) 8 (8) 601 202 597 588 +0,6
Simferopol International (SIP) 9 (9) 527 001 488 709 +7,8
Ufa (UFA) 10 (10) 463 911 426 052 +8,9
Samara Kurumoch (KUF) 11 (12) 419 145 411 511 +1,9
Rostov-on-Don (ROV) 12 (13) 399 143 405 713 –1,6
Mineralnye Vody (MRV) 13 (11) 394 344 422 304 –6,6
Vladivostok Knevichi (VVO) 14 (16) 356 194 340 688 +4,6
Khabarovsk Novy (KHV) 15 (15) 336 506 341 709 –1,5
Krasnoyarsk Yemelyanovo (KJA) 16 (14) 329 491 346 198 –4,8
Kaliningrad Khrabrovo (KGD) 17 (20) 327 088 263 006 +24,4
Kazan (KZN) 18 (18) 325 216 298 150 +9,1
Irkutsk (IKT) 19 (17) 312 623 326 796 –4,3
Surgut (SGC) 20 (19) 280 920 265 015 +6,0

 

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