New Moscow airport's take off stalled by vanishing passengers

Вторник, 31 мая 2016 16:20 MSK

* New airport planned to tap rising passenger numbers

* Russian aviation hit by economic crisis, falling traffic

* Airport to open with only 20 confirmed flights a week

* Russian passenger numbers seen falling 5 pct in 2016

By Gleb Stolyarov and Jack Stubbs

MOSCOW, May 31 (Reuters) - Moscow's new international airport is set to open next month with only a handful of airlines and faces a struggle to win passengers from rivals after Russia's economic crisis.

The Zhukovsky airport terminal was inaugurated by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Monday, part of a 10 billion rouble ($152 million) project to redevelop a cargo airfield and Cold War flight test centre 40 kilometres south-east of Moscow.

The airport, a joint venture between state-run investor Rostec and Lithuania's Avia Solutions Group, will host routes from Moscow to cities in the former Soviet Union.

It was conceived at a time when the Russian capital's biggest three airports were regularly operating at maximum capacity and was meant to tap rising airline traffic, then growing 10 percent year-on-year.   Продолжение...