Russia's Deputy Transport Minister, Aleksandr Yurchik, was among the guests of honour at today's official opening of Moscow Sheremetyevo's new Terminal C.
A record 80.9 million passengers (+1%) passed through London Heathrow in 2019 to cement its status among the top ten busiest airports in the world, while Munich enjoyed a healthy 4% rise in throughput when handling 47.9 million passengers.
Airports across the globe are beginning to announce their traffic figures for 2019, with most reporting an upturn in passenger numbers and some record throughput levels.
A record 38.7 milion passengers (+12%) passed through Hamad International Airport (HIA) in Qatar last year.
This year's Thanksgiving will be the busiest ever for air traffic, according to Airlines for America (A4A), which today announced today that it expects a record 31.6 million passengers (+3.7%) to board US carriers worldwide during the 12-day travel period normally associated with the annual holiday.
The world's airports are increasingly facing a "high wire balancing act" as they struggle to meet traffic demand at the same time as contending with issues outside of their control, such as the rise in protectionism, isolationism, and risks associated with climate change, says ACI World.
With the the exception of a handful of airports in Greece and Bulgaria, the Fraport Group's global airport portfolio have all registered an increase in passenger traffic in the first nine months of 2019.
A 4.7% rise in transfer passengers, led by travellers from Poland, ensured that 2.8 million passengers (+0.4%) passed through Copenhagen Airport in September.