An all time high of 31.5 million passengers (+7.9%) passed through the Russian gateway while Helsinki Airport welcomed
A near 23% upturn in domestic traffic drove the upturn at Sheremetyevo, around 13 million passengers travelling within Russia on flights in and out of the Moscow airport, which also recorded a 4.8% rise in aircraft movements.
Antalya, Paris, Prague, Beijing, New York, Amsterdam, Rome, Shanghai, and Sharm-el-Sheikh were among its most popular foreign destinations, with St Petersburg, Simferopol, Sochi, Krasnodar, Yekaterinburg, Mineralnye Vody, Rostov-On-Don, Kaliningrad, Samara, Vladivostok and Khabarovsk placing among the most sought-after domestic destinations.
Meanwhile, Helsinki Airport reports handling a record 15.9 million passengers (+4.4%) in 2014 – its upturn being down to a 4.6% rise in international traffic which was driven by a 5.3% increase in transit passengers.
"Despite the economic slowdown in Asia, demand for air transport is growing,” says Finavia’s senior vice president, director of airport network, sales and marketing,Joni Sundelin.
“Helsinki Airport has further strengthened its position in the stiff competition amongst transit airports. We are preparing to better serve our travellers and expect the volume of transit passengers to keep growing this year.
“Expansion of the airport, which started last year, aims at increased capacity as well as better passenger experience with improved services and more flexible processes.”
Most Asian transit passengers arrived at Helsinki airport from South Korea, Japan and China. Travel to Middle East is also busier than ever, says the Finnish gateway.
A total of 19.6 million passengers (+3.6%) travelled across Finland’s network of 25 airports in 2014.