Ekaterinburg Airport Handles 12.7% More Passengers in2012

Ekaterinburg Koltsovo International Airport, amember oftheAirports oftheRegions Group, handled 3783069passengers in2012. It is 12.7percent more than in2011. The largest growth (+23.4%) was seen in international traffic with

1849053PAX, while thedomestic market amounted to1934016PAX (+3.5%). Thenumber ofaircraft movements totalled 21728; that is7.9percent more than intheprevious year. Anincrease wasalso achieved incargo traffic: freight andmail handled grew by3.9percent andamounted to25865.83tonnes.

Some new carriers entered the Ekaterinburg market in2012, such as Astra Airlines and Aegean Airlines from Greece, both operating the EkaterinburgThessaloniki route, and Armavia, Armenias national airline (EkaterinburgYerevan). All in all, 46airlines serviced Ekaterinburg Airport, a9.5% increase against2011.

The new destinations of the year were Aqaba, Thiruvananthapuram, Lankaran, Harbin, Grozny, Budapest, Kulob, Venice, Sovetsky, Ulan-Ude, and Cherepovets. The total number of destinations services was114. The most popular tourism destinations of the year were countries of Asia and Africa, such as Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Thailand, and Egypt. Besides, tour operators and airlines were offering an extensive charter program from Koltsovo to, among others, such new exotic destinations as Aqaba in Jordan and Thiruvananthapuram in India.

Moscow remains the most popular destination within Russia, with about a third of Koltsovos passengers heading for a Moscow airport. Also, the airport continued implementation of its regional route network development program, with comfortable Embraer120 thirty-seaters flying regional lines of up to 1000km (to Kazan, Ufa, Samara, Perm, Magnitogorsk, and Orenburg). That project accounted in2012 for more than 60thousand passengers.

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