Traffic growth slows at Minsk airport

Minsk serves as the hub for Belarus's flag carrier Belavia A total of 3.128 million passengers were served in the first nine months of the year (Minsk Airport)

Passenger traffic through Minsk airport continues growing at double-digit rate, but that growth has been clearly slowing over the last five months. Belarus’s main air gateway served 403,100 passengers in September, up 13.6% year-on-year, the airport reports.

The peak year-on-year growth for 2017 so far was registered in April, when traffic climbed 32.4%. In the subsequent months, however, the growth rate figures started to slide.

Traffic through Minsk grew 22% year-on-year in the first nine months of 2017, to 3.182 million passengers.

The base airport for Belarus’s national carrier Belavia has been improving its operational results for 14 years in a row. In the last several years the growth was largely generated by Belavia’s strategy of arranging transit flows through Minsk. Late this August, Belavia announced it had served 2 million passengers since the beginning of the year, or 24% year-on-year.

Minsk is also served by Aeroflot, Utair Aviation, airBaltic, Air China, Etihad Airways, Lufthansa, Ukraine International Airlines, Motor Sich, Austrian Airlines, and Turkish Airlines, among others.

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