A Belavia Belarusian Airlines Boeing 737-800 en route from Kiev Zhulyany to Minsk was ordered to return to Zhulyany airport Oct. 21 in what appears to be a demand by authorities because of interest in one of the aircraft’s passengers.
Aeroflot subsidiary Aurora Airline—which serves Russia’s Far East—has forecasted it will carry 1.4 million passengers in 2016, a 20% year-over-year (YOY) traffic increase, according to CEO Konstantin Sukhorebrik.
Russia’s air traffic fell 10.2% in August to 10.3 million passengers, according to Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia. International traffic was down 25.6% year-over-year (YOY) to 3.7 million, while domestic traffic grew 1.5% YOY to 6.6 million.
Moscow Domodedovo International Airport will be able to handle a combined passenger capacity of 55-58 million in its existing T1 and T2 terminals when T2 construction is complete in 2018, according to airport owner and chairman of the board Dmitry Kamenshchik.
US President Barack Obama has weighed in on airline travel and borrowed a line from former IATA director general Tony Tyler that completely upends Tyler’s famous mantra that airlines are a “force for good”....More