The cities ranking higher than the Russian capital are London, Paris, Munich, and Frankfurt. London is justly ranked first, as the number of passengers arriving and departing from the Heathrow and Gatwick airports in 2011 totalled 103.4 million people, of which 20.8 million travelled to the airports by train. The largest Paris airports, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Paris Orly, served approximately 79.9 million passengers in the last year, of which 16.5 million people arrived to the airports by train. “The number of passengers using rail services to reach the airports is increasing annually. Electric trains ensure travellers’ punctual arrival to the airports and they also cost less than taking a taxi. According to the results from 2011, Moscow moved up to the fifth position in the rating, leaving behind even Rome,” stated Alexey Zakharov, an analyst with FINAM.ru.
The Frankfurt am Main Airport served about 53 million passengers in 2011, outperforming the Munich air harbour, where passenger traffic amounted to 34.7 million people. However, the Munich Airport beat the Frankfurt Airport in terms of the number of air travellers using rail transport, the total number of which was 14.3 and 13.5 million people correspondingly.
In Moscow, Aeroexpress trains carried 12.4 million passengers to and from the capital’s airports in 2011. This figure is 21.8% higher than for the year 2010. In 2011, passenger traffic totalled 25.6 million people at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport, 22.5 million at Sheremetyevo, and 8.1 million at Vnukovo International Airport.
“Aeroexpress is an integral part of the transport system handling passenger traffic in Moscow and the Moscow Region,” stated Nadezhda Dorzhieva, Press Secretary for the Aeroexpress company. “Bearing in mind the territory of our country and Moscow airports’ pace of development, I am sure we will rank even higher in the near future.”
Moreover, Moscow occupies the third, fourth, and fifth positions according to research that Aeroexpress itself conducted to define market shares of European intermodal carriers serving city-airport routes in terms of the total number of passengers arriving to and departing from the airports in 2011. Oslo’s Flytoget is the leader (36%), followed by London and its Stansted Express (25%). The Moscow-Domodedovo route served by Aeroexpress holds the third position (22.95%). The Moscow-Vnukovo route served by Aeroexpress ranks fourth (21.5%), followed by the Aeroexpress Moscow-Sheremetyevo route (20.1%). Stockholm and the Arlanda Express are sixth (17.2%); another London express carrier Gatwick Express ranks seventh (15%); Rome and its Leonardo Express is eighth (13.5%); Milan and Malpenza Express is ninth; and express trains running to London’s largest airport – Heathrow – rank in tenth place (8.2%).