A total of 3.9 million passengers passed through Sochi, Anapa, Krasnodar and Gelendzhik in the first half of the year compared to 3.4 million in the corresponding period a year ago.
The bulk of the traffic was domestic, which increased 23% to 3.7 million, compensating for a 44% decline in international traffic which dipped to just 200,000 passengers.
Air traffic movements (+5%) and cargo (+26%) were however up, freight volumes rising to 6,174 tons across the four gateways.
Sochi International Airport demonstrated record-breaking growth among Basel Aero airports, welcoming 2.1 million passengers in the first six months of 2016 – year-on-year growth of 36%.
Domestic passenger traffic in Sochi reached 2.1 million passengers in January-June 2016, 41% more year-on-year, while international traffic decreased by 40% to 50,000 visitors.
Anapa international airport served 449,157 passengers in January-June 2016, a 28%-increase year-on-year.
Krasnodar international airport, the main hub for business travelers in Southern Russia, saw an 8% fall in passenger numbers with 1,307,424 passengers handled.
Gelendzhik airport that traditionally demonstrates growth during summer tourist season, served 64,000 passengers in the first half of 2016, 12% less year-on-year.