Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport served over 23 million passengers in the first half of 2019 (1H19) – strong growth on the same period in 2018.
Between January and June 2019, the number of passengers on international flights amounted to 12.324 million, 11.5 per cent higher than in the same period last year.
The growth in passenger traffic has been attributed to the increased demand for flights to Antalya, Beijing, Bangkok, and Rome.
The passenger traffic on domestic flights for 1H19 increased by 17.3 per cent and totalled 11.080 million. The increased domestic passenger traffic occurred mainly due to the growth in popularity of destinations such as Sochi, Simferopol, Vladivostok and Kaliningrad.
The most popular destinations internationally during 1H19 were Antalya, Paris, Yerevan, Beijing, and Tel Aviv. The most popular domestic flights were those to St. Petersburg, Sochi, Simferopol, Yekaterinburg, and Krasnodar.
In 1H19, Sheremetyevo added two new international destinations: Marseille and Palma. Between January and June 2019, the airport launched flights to nine cities in China: Jinan, Shijiazhuang, Fuzhou, Xi’an, Nanning, Nanjing, Taiyuan, Zhengzhou, and Shenyang.
The majority of passenger traffic in January–June 2019 came from Aeroflot, Nordwind Airlines, Rossiya Airlines, Ikar Airlines, Royal Flight, and Air France flights. In the first half of 2019, Belavia and Brussels Airlines started operating flights from Sheremetyevo.
In June 2019, Sheremetyevo served 4.616 million passengers, an increase of 9.3 per cent compared to June 2018.
Last year, the airport welcomed 45.8 million passengers.