PLATOV Airport


Rostov average air traveler has a higher education, a family, comes to the airport by car, and drinks coffee before departure

These conclusions are based on the results of a sociological research conducted at Rostov-on-Don Airport (belongs to Airports of Regions Holding Company) at the end of 2015. The poll was carried out in order to draw a socio-demographic portrait of the passengers, to study the route network, as well as to estimate the level of satisfaction with the airport services and to identify the unmet requirements. All in all, more than 1300 passengers between the ages of 18 to 65 participated in the survey.

The typical portrait of a passenger according to the poll is the following: on domestic flights – they are men and women aged 25-44 with higher education, married, with no minor children, holding the positions of managers, qualified specialists and civil servants; more than half of the respondents have average or above average income, the majority of them own a car. Most domestic passengers fly on average 4-5 times a year. More than a third of intra-Russian passengers (38%) travel for their job/on business trips, the second most frequent purpose (25%) - tourism/recreation, the third - visiting relatives/friends (22%). The vast majority of domestic passengers (63%) go on a journey alone and only 25% of the respondents - as a family.

The age profile of the international passengers is similar to the domestic travelers, but most passengers flying abroad (63%) are women. In addition, passengers depart on international flights less frequently, 2 times a year on average. However, about 3/4 of all flying abroad are holiday makers. About 2/3 of the passengers travel as a family and one third - alone.

Interesting conclusions were made regarding the means of transport, the passengers use to get to the airport. Although the airport is located in the area of high transport accessibility, only 14% of the passengers come by public transport. Most respondents get to the airport by car: 38% by taxi, another 36% are brought by their relatives, friends, colleagues, and 11% - by their own car.

All in all, the respondents note satisfaction with the quality of products and range of services at the airport. At the same time, the most popular service is coffee vending machines and the second is luggage wrapping. Among the services the passengers want to find at the airport, they often mentioned a cinema, children's play grounds, a baggage porter, photocopying services and iPad rental.

The most popular way of purchasing tickets for the flight is to buy a ticket on the Internet. 67% of the passengers used airlines’ Web sites and specialized search engines to purchase a ticket, ticket offices provided services to 21%.

In 2016 the survey will be repeated.


The construction of infrastructure facilities of new Rostov-on-Don Airport is ahead of schedule

Today, on April 7, Governor of Rostov Oblast Vasily Golubev and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Renova Group Viktor Vekselberg appreciated the pace of construction works of the new airport complex in Rostov-on-Don (belongs to Airports of Regions Holding Company). At the construction site the visitors focused on inspecting of the largest building - the new passenger terminal. Pouring of the monolithic frame of the building in different areas and of the floor slabs is being conducted at the ground, first and second floor level, and the roof on the longest part of the building, the gallery, has already been installed.

«We understand that without the regional part, without external engineering systems and motorway access roads the airport complex cannot be put into operation. The project documentation of all engineering networks has obtained the expert review, the construction is funded, so we have no doubt that before the construction of the airport complex is completed, the external networks will be put into operation,» said Governor of Rostov Oblast Vasiliy Golubev. «In particular, the construction of two roads connecting the airport with a section of M-4 Don motorway and the north by-pass road of the city of Rostov-on-Don will start this year and be completed at the beginning of the 4th quarter of 2017.»

«Today we have inspected the construction site and noted that the schedule of the project for the construction of the airport complex is fully observed, and for some facilities it even goes 20 or more days ahead,» said Chairman of the Board of Directors of Renova Group Viktor Vekselberg. «At the same time, we and the governor are at one in thinking that it is important now to focus not only on the construction of the airport itself, but also on the development of public amenities, retail, commercial, hotel infrastructure in the territory adjacent to the airport. In addition, we suggest, as early as this year, without waiting for the final stage of construction, the start of landscaping of the airport territory.»

Airports of Region MC’s General Director Evgeniy Chudnovskiy in his speech drew attention to the need for detailed consideration and beginning of implementation of the measures aimed at moving operations from the territory of the existing airport to the new one.

«Currently, we strive together with the concerned federal authorities to work out and approve at the governmental level the necessary documents to conduct the procedure of closing the existing airport and starting of operation of the new one including its approval for international flights, the establishment of fees and the settlement of other legal issues,» noted Evgeniy Chudnovskiy. «It is also important to foster the dialogue with airlines to discuss possible basing at the new airport and, consequently, the construction of the necessary infrastructure.»

Furthermore, the construction works are in progress on all main premises of the new airport. To ensure the operation of the new airport, the erection of the complex of buildings designed to accommodate operational, engineering and administrative services of the airport is underway.

880 construction workers and more than 50 vehicles are involved in the erection of the passenger terminal and other infrastructure. In addition, at the present time, the design of the fuel farm is in progress and the documentation for the construction of the airport’s VIP terminal is submitted for review to Glavgosexpertiza of Russia. In April 2016, a competition was announced for the selection of architects, who will develop a concept of the business lounges interior design in the passenger terminal building.

As a reminder: new Rostov-on-Don Airport will be located not far from Grushevskaya village in the Aksai District. The project envisages the construction of a paved runway 3600 meters in length, a passenger terminal with the area of 50 thousand square meteås, its capacity will be 5 million passengers a year. The passenger terminal will be equipped with 9 boarding bridges.


The domestic passenger traffic at Rostov Airport continues to grow

Rostov-on-Don International Airport (belongs to Airports of Regions Holding Company) in the first quarter of 2016 saw an increase of passenger traffic on the domestic routes. Since the beginning of the year the airport handled 338,660 intra-Russian passengers, 5.6% percent more than in January-March period of 2015. The passenger flow to the Russian capital - Moscow keeps growing – flights to Moscow serviced 285,011 passengers recording a 8.7% gain year-on-year.

The decline in demand for international travel affected the performance in the international sector. In the first quarter of 2016 the passenger traffic recorded 60,500 showing a 28.9% decrease compared to the same months last year. However, taking into account cancellation of flights to formerly popular Egyptian and Turkish resorts the flow of tourists to Thailand and India went up. The traffic to Thai Bangkok and Phuket rose 9 times and Indian Goa 2 times, and Prague retained its popularity (+1.6%). Growth is also observed on the flights to near abroad countries. In January-March of 2016 the number of passengers to Khujand doubled, and 15,071 travelers (+ 39.2%) preferred Yerevan.

The passenger flow at Rostov-on-Don Airport in the first three months of 2016 totaled 399,160 (-1.6%). The number of departures dropped by 4.8% to 2388 aircraft movements. The volume of cargo and mail handled remained at the level of 2015 and amounted to 1026 tons.


Rostov-on-Don Airport switches to the spring-and-summer timetable

 On Sunday, March 27, Rostov-on-Don International Airport (belongs to Airports of Regions Holding Company) will switch to the spring-and-summer timetable, which will be in force until the end of October 2016. 21 airlines will operate scheduled and charter flights to more than 30 cities in Russia and abroad from the airport of the capital of the Don.

Moscow and St. Petersburg

Traditionally, flights will be operated to all airports of the Moscow aviation hub. Thus, Aeroflot will perform 6 daily flights to Sheremetyevo, while the earliest flight will go to the capital at 02.55 a.m. On route to Domodedovo passenger transportation will be carried out by as many as three airlines - S7, Ural Airlines and Red Wings, together providing up to 8 services per day to the country's largest airport. Three airlines - UTair, Pobeda and Rossiya will fly to Vnukovo and also perform 8 daily flights.

Passengers going to St. Petersburg can use 3 daily flights of two air companies - Rossiya and Ural Airlines.

Domestic Flights

The intra-Russian route network is represented in the summer timetable of Rostov Airport by 11 destinations: Ekaterinburg, Kazan, Mirny, Nizhnevartovsk. Novosibirsk, Norilsk, Samara, Sochi, Surgut, Tyumen and Simferopol. In particular, the Russian resorts, Sochi and Simferopol, will be serviced by three weekly and up to 3 daily flights, respectively.

Near Abroad

The geography of flights to the near abroad countries is represented by three cities - Yerevan (Armenia), Tashkent (Uzbekistan) and Khujand (Tajikistan). From March 28 two flights per week will be performed to each of these cities.

Far Abroad

In upcoming spring and summer months Rostovites will be offered an extensive program of scheduled and charter flights abroad. In particular, it is possible to fly on regular flights from Rostov-on-Don to Tel Aviv (Israel), Istanbul (Turkey), Thessaloniki and Corfu (Greece), Dubai (UAE) and Prague (Czech Republic).

The charter program is even more rich and diverse. Rostovites will be offered tours to Heraklion and Rhodes (Greece), Barcelona (Spain), Burgas (Bulgaria), Larnaca (Cyprus) and Enfidha (Tunisia). Up to the end of April it is possible to relax in Bangkok and Phuket (Thailand) and in Goa (India).


Rostov-on-Don Airport updates the fleet of its firefighting equipment

The search and rescue service of Rostov-on-Don International Airport (belongs to Airports of Regions Holding Company) has received two new airport fire trucks. New vehicles are based at the rescue station located in close proximity to the runway and on alert 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Firefighting vehicles have a number of important differences from usual "urban" ones. They feature higher maneuverability and lifting capacity, carry a foaming agent and a water tank of increased capacity, have enhanced acceleration rate and are capable to release extinguishing agents while driving.

The new KamAZ-based fire trucks are equipped with modern means of extinguishing and special firefighting equipment for suppression fires on aircraft and carrying out rescue operations. An important design feature of the vehicle is a special unit – a bumper turret, which allows laying a foam strip up to 8 meters in width on the runway. Such measure can be used to minimize the damage of the aircraft structure and to reduce the probability of ignition of jet fuel in case of wheels-up landing.

In accordance with the existing regulations, Rostov-on-Don Airport is equipped for the requirements of the 7th category for firefighting, which implies that three firefighting and rescue teams are on alert around the clock and can get to any point of the runway within 3 minutes. The level of protection for rescue and firefighting of new Yuzhny Airport will meet the highest 9th category which involves five firefighting and rescue teams always on standby.

In addition, in order to practice actions of all services in the event of an emergency landing of an aircraft, Rostov Airport regularly holds rescue teams trainings.

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