Last year, Aeroexpress transported a total of 14.9 million passengers to Moscow airports. In first 9 months of 2013 alone, this figure reached 12.6 million people, which is 16.2% higher than the same period last year. The bulk of Aeroexpress passengers – 5.77 million people – travelled on the route connecting Paveletsky Rail Terminal and Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport. That figure is 11% higher than for the same period last year. Aeroexpress trains operating between Belorussky Rail Terminal and Sheremetyevo Airport transported 4.92 million people during the first 9 months of 2013, which is 19% higher than last year’s result. The third Moscow route served by Aeroexpress – the one between Kievsky Rail Terminal and Vnukovo Airport – also demonstrated an increase in passenger traffic: a 26% gain compared to 2012, with 1.93 million passengers.
Aeroexpress continues to expand its activities at the federal level. In May 2013, the company launched its intermodal services in Kazan on the route between the city’s rail terminal and Kazan International Airport.The launch of this regular service has formed part of the preparations for the 27th Summer Universiade, which took place in the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan in summer 2013. During the Universiade, from 6 to 17 July 2013, more than 4,200 passengers travelled on Aeroexpress trains and, since the launch of the new air rail link, this figure has reached over 28,000 people. The total journey time from the airport to the city centre is 20 minutes, and the route is served by 18 runs per day. Thus, Kazan has become the fourth Russian city to obtain an air rail link.
The cities of Vladivostok and Sochi, which saw Aeroexpress launch its services in 2012, have also indicated higher results in passenger traffic flow during the last few months of 2013. For example, the company’s management decided to increase the number of services in Vladivostok (the route went into operation on 20 July 2012) from 16 to 20 runs per day already in January 2013. The total amount of passengers carried on this route during the first 9 months of 2013 exceeded 530,000 people. Sochi, the host city of the Olympics, where Aeroexpress trains first went into operation earlier (on 15 February 2012), connecting the city’s central rail terminal and Sochi International Airport (Adler), has also shown an increase in passenger traffic. This year alone, 262,000 people have taken advantage of Aeroexpress’ services with 10 pairs of trains per day.
“The same level of quality shown by Aeroexpress in Moscow is being implemented in all regions where our company operates. This includes a comfortable rolling stock, punctuality in following the train schedule, and ease of purchasing tickets”, commented Alexey Krivoruchko, CEO of Aeroexpress. “Passengers can trust us and, as can be seen from partial year results, we are justifying this trust with stable growth in our passenger traffic.”