In 2020, Sheremetyevo International Airport (SIA) expects a 57% drop in passenger traffic amid the coronavirus pandemic compared to last year's figure, said Andrey Nikulin, First Deputy Director General of Sheremetyevo Airport. “We will carry 21.5 million passengers this year. This is the figure we are targeting,” Nikulin told reporters. In 2019, Sheremetyevo served almost 50 million people.
In August, he said, the airport handled 2.3 million passengers (against 1.4 million in July), September “maintains approximately the same dynamics” – about 1 million people were transported in two weeks. “We are greatly rescued by the Rossiya airline, because they are now doing a lot of tourist destinations together with their tour operator,” Nikulin noted.
In May, he reported that about 65% of aircraft parking spaces at Sheremetyevo were filled with non-flying vessels due to the pandemic. Since then, he said, the situation has improved markedly.
“Now a fairly large volume of aircraft is still in a mothballed state, but this percentage is already much less. About 35-40%, probably, our parking is occupied by aircraft that do not participate in regular activities now,” said the top manager.
Sheremetyevo is the largest airport in the Russian Federation. The main base airline is Aeroflot (MCX: AFLT).