FIFA World Cup 2018 boosts Moscow airports traffic

All three of Moscow’s airports – Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo – experienced a surge of traffic in June, largely boosted by the FIFA World Cup.

Contributing factors also included the usual high season travel demand and the launch of new routes, reports Russian aviation regulator Rosaviatsiya. The airports enjoyed a 30.7 per cent surge in the number of travellers on international charter flights in the month, reaching 949,100 passengers. In the period, the domestic charter business increased by 15.5 per cent, to 83,800 passengers.

The busy month saw Vnukovo retain its status as the growth-rate leader, benefitting from an 18.2 per cent year-on-year improvement. In June it handled 2.2 million passengers (1.3 million on domestic and 896,000 on international routes), reaching its historic record of monthly traffic. Its domestic traffic grew faster than international, 21.4 per cent against 13.9 per cent, respectively. The list of the most popular destinations included the World Cup host cities of St Petersburg, Sochi and Rostov-on-Don, as well as Russian leisure destinations (Simferopol, Mineralnye Vody, Krasnodar), within the CIS (Baku and Tbilisi) and beyond (Antalya and Istanbul, Larnaca and Pathos, Barcelona, Burgas). (Read more…)