Sheremetyevo International Airport has announced it witnessed about 33 800 takeoff and landing operations (+16% as compared with the same period of 2017) and 4.7 million passengers (+11% as compared with the same period of 2017), the company said.
The growth was due to the growing demand for air travel during summer holiday season as well as football fans from all over the world, who visited Moscow and took part in FIFA´s World Cup sporting event.
Thanks to new infrastructure, increased staff and more efficient entry measures, Sheremetyevo International Airport was able to comfortably welcome passengers from around the world to Moscow for the World Cup.
The new Terminal B and the tunnel connecting Sheremtyevo-1 and Sheremetyevo-2 were constructed for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and are part of the Long-Term Development Plan. This plan ensures that Sheremetyevo will increase its capacity to 80 million passengers per year by 2026, making it one of the top 10 largest passenger hubs in the world. The success of the World Cup demonstrates that the Long-Term Development Plan is on pace to meet that target.
Sheremetyevo International Airport is the largest Russian airport in terms of passenger and freight traffic, takeoff and landing operations, the area of the airport facilities and the capacity of the cargo facilities. The Sheremetyevo route network comprises more than 200 destinations. In 2017, Sheremetyevo set a historic record for passenger traffic, serving 40 million 93 thousand people what is 17.8% more than in 2016.