Routes CIS event comes to close in Yekaterinburg
The event brought together a number of leading industry experts concerning topics surrounding aviation in the CIS region. Leaders concluded that barriers should be brought down to enhance inbound and outbound traffic, especially relating to bilateral restrictions and visa issues.
The forum opened with an address from Evgeniy Chudnoskiy, the CEO of Yekaterinburg's Koltsovo Airport.
During the event, four of the country's six largest facilities by passenger traffic united to lobby for advancements in the industry. The airports came together to form a non-commercial entity to be known as the Russian International Airport Association, with plans to become part of the Airports Council International.
The Routes Airport Marketing Awards also took place during the networking event. This is the first time that the Marketing Awards have involved a regional heat for the CIS. The awards recognize and reward the highest standards of marketing activities undertaken by airports, as judged by the airlines.
St. Petersburg Pulkovo International Airport was crowned the winner of this year's fourth regional heat. The airport illustrated how it has worked clearly with its airline customers. The airport is now short-listed for the World Routes Awards, due to be held in Abu Dhabi later this year.
Krasnoyarsk Yemelyanovo Airport was also honored at the event for achieving 28 percent growth in passenger traffic in 2011 over 2010, with traffic reaching 1.6 million passengers.
Nearly 250 registered delegates were in attendance at the Routes CIS event, including 41 airline delegates representing more than 19 airlines and 57 airport delegates representing over 33 airports.
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