On 61.9% increased the number of air passengers Nizhny Novgorod International Airport (part of the holding "Airports regions") in 2012 compared with 2011 and amounted to747165people. Including domestic flights were handled 374,414 attendees., Which is 65.8% more than in 2011, at the International 372,751 attendees. (+ 58.2% by 2011). A total of 2012 at the airport in Nizhny Novgorod was made 6840 runway operations, up 21.8% over the same period last year. Gruzopochtovyh traffic volume remained at the same level — 1107 m in the 12 months 2012.
Nizhny Novgorod airport last year showed the highest percentage growth of passenger traffic in the country. But if in 2011 the increase in passenger traffic was due primarily to the opening of new areas, in 2012 added another positive trend: a third of the average load increased flight. In other words, the work to expand the route network, launched in 2011 and continuing to the present, will meet the underlying demand for air transport of Nizhny Novgorod.
A total of 2012 out of the airport Nizhny Novgorod flights carried 15 Russian and international airlines, including 6 new carriers — "Transaero", "Ak Bars Aero", "Taimyr», Aegean Airlines, Astra Airlines and Czech Airlines. In this intensive growth drivers of passenger air transportation for the Nizhny Novgorod airport were "Aeroflot — Russian Airlines" (22% in the total share aviatraffika), "UTair" (17%), "Orenburg Airlines" (16.7%) and "Ural Airlines" (16.2%).
Flights were performed on 49 destinations, including 32 international and 17 domestic Russian. The schedule of the Nizhny Novgorod airport in 2012 there were flights to Astrakhan, Rostov-on-Don, Gelendzhik, Belgorod, Simferopol, and in Prague (Czech Republic), Aqaba (Jordan), Sharjah (UAE), Utapao (Thailand), Larnaca (Cyprus ), Paphos (Cyprus) and Phuket (Thailand) — 12 new destinations. The most popular passenger domestic flights were such as Moscow, St. Petersburg, Samara, Yekaterinburg and Surgut. From international destinations often passengers chose flights to Antalya, Hurghada, Frankfurt-am-Main, Sharm el-Sheikh and Prague.
The plans for 2013 — to serve not less than 1 million passengers. To ensure this high bar, which will translate into a different airport Nizhny Novgorod "weight" category, management intends to continue to attract new airlines and expand its route network by connecting as Nizhny Novgorod with major aviation centers of the European states, and with the centers of tourism. However, priority in the development of the route network will be to work with the internal market and, above all, on the opening of air links with the capitals of the federal districts.
Recall also that, since the call in early 2011, the shareholder of "Koltsovo Airport, passenger air center of Nizhny Novgorod has doubled*, which allowed to pass under the investment project before the deadline set in the master plan for development of the airport. For example, passenger traffic in 2011 (461,424 people). Airport has been fixed until 2014, passenger traffic in 2012 (747 165 people.) — No earlier than 2020 and planned for 2013 passenger traffic of about 1 million people — close to 2024 year. This situation has adjusted the plans to build a new passenger terminal in the direction of increasing space and bandwidth and the number of boarding bridges and led to the unification of the first two phases of construction. The construction itself will begin this year.