Yekaterinburg one of Sheremetyevo International Airport's major destinations
International routes experienced a 18.1 percent increase to 14.5 million, while traffic on domestic routes was up 14.3 percent to eight million passengers versus 2010. The highest demand was on the Yekaterinburg, St. Petersburg, Sochi and Krasnodar routes, ATW reports.
The carriers at the airport with high growth included Turkish Airlines, Air France, Nord Wind, Transaero and Aeroflot. The most popular foreign destinations were Beijing, Prague, Istanbul, Paris and Antalya. Last year, the airport attracted Royal Air Maroc, Italian carrier Blue Panorama and Russian carriers Kolavia and OrenAir.
By the year 2015, SVO expects to increase passenger traffic to 35 million people and to become the best European air hub in terms of customer service. Revenues from non-aviation related facilities such as retail sales and lease of sales space are expected to increase to 60 percent by that time. The airport developed a master airport plan with Scott Wilson Ltd., taking it through 2030, which includes the establishment of a second flight zone with a third runway, according to ATW.
SVO is the headquarters for Russia's biggest air carrier, Aeroflot Russian Airlines. Other major global air alliances at the airport include Sky Team, Star Alliance and Oneworld.
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