Traffic through Sheremetyevo airport climbs 19% in January

Russia’s largest airport served 2.687 million passengers in the first month of 2017 Russia’s largest airport served 2.687 million passengers in the first month of 2017 (Photo by Alex Beltyukov / Wikipedia)

The number of passengers that traveled through Russia’s largest airport, Moscow’s Sheremetyevo, in January this year increased 19.1% compared to the same month last year, to 2.687 million, according to Federal Air Transport Agency. The impact of the prolonged crisis in Russian commercial aviation industry on Sheremetyevo was not as substantial as on other airports in the country, so when the market started to recover, the airport’s traffic picked up fast.

Russian airlines reported a 23.6% traffic growth in January this year.

According to the airport’s own figures, it handled 2.716 million passengers, but the growth rate coincides with that reported by FATA. On international lines it reached 18.3% (to 1.182 million passengers), domestic traffic climbed 19.7% to 1.534 million passengers.

Sheremetyevo’s steady growth is catered for by the airport’s base carrier Aeroflot. Whereas Russian commercial aviation reported a 3.8% decrease in passenger traffic at the end of last year, Aeroflot boasted an 11% increase. Russia’s flagship carrier has not yet reported on its January results.

As far as growth rate, last month Sheremetyevo ceased its leadership position to another of Moscow’s airports, Vnukovo, which demonstrated a 49.5% year-on-year growth. However, it remained the largest one in terms of passengers served, 2.69 million people, against 1.08 passengers served by Vnukovo. Domodedovo posted 2.1% growth, up to 2.09 million passengers.

Cumulatively the three Moscow airports handled 5.856 million passengers in January, up 16.5% from last year’s January. Contrary to the trend observed throughout last year, international segment grew faster than domestic – 19.6% (2.674 million) against 14.1% (3.181 million),

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