Koltsovo International Airport passenger traffic up 22.1 percent
The number of passengers represented a record for the last 20 years and included 1,856,948 domestic passengers, 1,184,771 international passengers and 314,164 intra-CIS passengers. There were 26 percent more aircraft departures than in 2010, rising to 20,142, Routes Online reports.
The airport also experienced more cargo traffic with handled freight and mail growing by 8.5 percent, up to 24,890.45 metric tons.
"The growing demand for air transportation at Koltsovo is due both to the postrecession recovery in economy, development of interstate business and tourism ties and, of course, to our own programs aimed at expansion of the route network and active collaboration with Russian and foreign airlines," Evgeniy Chudnovskiy, the Koltsovo Airport general director, said, according to Routes Online. "In 2011, we took a step not usually expected of an airport business - we purchased several EMB-120 30-seat turboprops and had them operated to start up regional air routes. On the whole, the rise in aircraft movements is mostly explained by increased regional frequencies operated with small airplanes, which makes air links between various Russian cities frequent, direct, more convenient and affordable to our passengers."
The airport served 110 destinations last year, which was a 26 percent increase compared to the previous year. New destinations in 2011 for the airport included Utapao, Tenerife, Tbilisi, Sharjah, Samarkand, Salekhard, Qurghonteppa, Punta Cana, Paphos, Palma de Mallorca, Ovda, Orenburg, Omsk, Noyabrsk, Nha Trang, Makhachkala, Kos, Kemerovo, Kalovy Vary, Karagandy, Kalingrad, Ho Chi Minh City, Gelendzhik, Chania, Cagliari and Belgorod.
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