Quarterly passenger traffic at Minsk Airport increased by almost 32%
According to results of the 1st quarter of 2016, the passenger traffic at Minsk Airport increased by 31.6%, reports Belarusian Telegraph Agency (BelTA). From January through March, the main air gateway of Belarus served almost 572.1 thousand passengers.
The statistics for the 1st quarter of 2015 takes into account only aggregate results of the national airport of Minsk plus its branch, air hub Minsk-1. The two airports served together 434.7 thousand passengers in the specified period. The statistics for 2016 does not take into account the Minsk-1 airport activities, as it was closed in late December 2015.
In the first quarter of this year, Minsk Airport handled over 4.7 thousand flights. In March alone, the passenger flow at the main airport of Belarus exceeded 203.9 thousand passengers, a 31.1% increase. The airport gives no explanations regarding passenger traffic growth; however, it is known that the transit traffic through Minsk Airport increased after air services between Russia and Ukraine have been suspended. At present, 19 airlines, including Russian UTair, are offering flights in more than 40 destinations from this airport. Base operators include Belarus national airline Belavia and cargo carriers Transaviaexport, Rubistar and Genex.
In 2015, passenger flow through Minsk airport and its branch Minsk-1 increased by 7.3% year-on-year. As for regional air hubs – Brest, Gomel, Mogilev, Vitebsk and Grodno – they served 108.5% more passengers than in 2014. Their total passenger traffic exceeded 92 thousand people. In 2015, Belarus observed the number of transit passengers raise 1.8 times, which is due not only to the suspension of air services between Russia and Ukraine, but also to facilitation of the transfer passengers and cargo passing through the main airport in the capital.
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