Traffic through Russian airports grew 15.7% in 2017

Moscow's three airports alone served in excess of 88 million passengers Some 185 million passengers traveled through the country’s airports airports last year (Fyodor Borisov / Transport-photo.com)

Overall passenger traffic through Russian airports reached nearly 185 million in 2017, Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov reported at the opening of the national airport convention NAIS 2018.

In 2016, according to the Federal Air Transport Agency, the figure was slightly shy of 160 million, or just 0.2% up on 2015. Last year however, the growth rate picked up, reaching 15.7% for the entire year and even hitting 19% in Q1.

Moscow’s three airports – Vnukovo, Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo – together served over 88 million passengers last year, up 16.2% on 2016. Their combined share in the entire traffic through Russian airports was at 48%, somewhat level with the 2016 results.

The total number of passengers carried by Russian airlines was 105 million, up 18.6% on 2016.

Vladimir Tasun, president of the Russian Association of Air Transport Operators (abbreviated to AEVT in Russian), told Russian Aviation Insider that the main factor behind the traffic growth was the airlines’ pricing policy, which is mostly aimed at keeping the fares level despite the rising airport handling and fuel costs.

The strengthening of the national currency and the resumption of services with Turkey last year also played a role. However, AEVT forecasts 2018 growth at not more than 10%. Experts point out that Russia’s air transport industry has practically ehausted its potential, which could stem further traffic growth.

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