Traffic growth through Moscow airports slows in August
Passenger traffic through the three airports of Moscow (Vnukovo, Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo) continued to climb in August compared to the same month in 2016, albeit at a slower rate than in July 2017.
Vnukovo saw its traffic increase by 22.9% to 2.071 million passengers (against 31.5% in July); Domodedovo, by 5% to over exceeding 3.5 million (5.8% in July); Sheremetyevo, by 19.6% to 4.141 million (22.9% in July).
At Vnukovo, international traffic continued to grow faster than domestic passenger numbers; it increased by 77.3% in August to 875,000 passengers. The most popular destinations includes Antalya, Larnaca, Istanbul, Barcelona, Pathos, Dushanbe, Baku, and Heraklion. Domestic traffic grew by just 0.4% to 1.196 million passengers. The most popular destinations were Sochi, Simferopol, Anapa, Mineralnye Vody, St. Petersburg, Makhachkala, Krasnodar, Surgut, and Rostov-on-Don.
A similar trend was observed at Domodedovo, where international traffic grew 15% year-on-year, exceeding 1.6 million passengers. The most popular destinations were Antalya, Tivat, and Barcelona. Some 1.9 million passengers traveled on domestic routes, 2% down from the same month last year. The fastest growing routes within Russia were to Krasnodar, Kaliningrad, Ufa, Makhachkala, and Sabetta.
At Sheremetyevo, the trend got reversed: international traffic grew at a slower rate than domestic in August. The airport served 4.141 million passengers traveling abroad, up 18.3% year-on-year. Domestic traffic, although smaller in absolute figures at 1.798 million, grew faster at 21.3%. The most popular destinations out of Sheremetyevo in the past eight months were Paris, Tel Aviv, Prague, Beijing, Shanghai, St. Petersburg, Simferopol, Sochi, Yekaterinburg, and Krasnodar.
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