In 2016 Minsk National Airport welcomed over 3.4 million passengers, the media report citing Vasily Kornev, Deputy Director General in charge of Manufacturing of the enterprise Minsk National Airport.
According to the source, 2016 was an important year for the ariport because the passenger number went beyond 3 million for the first time.
“We welcomed passenger number three million on 10 November,” said Vasily Kornev.
In 2016 the airport serviced a total of 3,429,112 passengers. The share of transit passenger was up to 30%.
Thanks to higher transit traffic the airport became kind of a transport hub. The Minsk National Airport welcomes aircraft of 18 air carriers.
“There are plans to invite at least two more air carriers to work in the airport this year,” the official added. “New air carriers bring additional direct flights that make travels more convenient for passengers.”
After the start of visa-free entry to Belarus for citizens of 80 countries, passenger traffic is expected to increase by at least 20% thanks to the opportunities the new visa regulations offer. All the departments of the airport and partners, including the border service and the customs service, are ready for it, according to Kornev.
Besides, the construction of the second runway is being implemented in the Minsk National Airport now. A Belarusian company has been chosen as the general contractor. The work proceeds on schedule and the new runway is supposed to be available for flights by the end of 2018.