Award-winning Vladivostok eyes Russia-Asia traffic growth
After winning the Under 4 Million Passengers category at the Routes Asia 2018 Marketing Awards, Routesonline speaks to Igor Lukishin, director general of Vladivostok International Airport, to find out more about the airport’s successful growth strategy as it seeks to become a connecting hub for Russia-Asia traffic.
Although a major Russian port city, Vladivostok lies more than 9,000km away from the country’s capital Moscow but just 750km from Seoul, 1,100km from Tokyo and 1,300km away from Beijing. This geographic location is something that the city’s airport is using to its advantage as part of its ambitions to become a hub to connect cities in Russia and the Asia-Pacific region. And the strategy seems to be working.
In 2017, Vladivostok International Airport recorded an 18 percent rise in passenger numbers to almost 2.2 million, with international flow up an impressive 40 percent to 781,000 compared to the previous 12 months.
2018 was similarly strong. More than 2.6 million passengers travelled through the airport, a rise of 21 percent on 2017. For the first time the airport served one million international passengers with the year-on-year international passenger volume 47 percent higher.