Minsk National Airport celebrated its 5-millionth passenger of 2019, it is a record-high number for the Belarusian airport and the country.
Andrey Prokopchik arrived in Minsk on German airline Lufthansa from Frankfurt. The milestone passenger was welcomed in the VIP-terminal with red carpet, champagne, music, balloons, flowers and gifts.
He admitted that arriving as a 5-millionth passenger was a big surprise for him as he had never won anything before. Andrey, who works as a consultant in the financial sector, flies out of the Minsk airport pretty often, mainly for business matters.
He visits Frankfurt about five to six times a year and finds Minsk airport big and cosy. “I fly somewhere about twice a month. At Lufthansa, I am already a frequent traveller. My main directions are Russia, Ukraine and Western Europe.”
As a gift, Andrey received a certificate for using the business and VIP lounge of the National Airport during the year, a “small means of communication”, a cake, and a free shuttle service to Minsk.
Director of the Aviation Department Artem Sikorsky arrived to congratulate the 5 millionth passenger. Andrey took Minsk Airport to a new category of airports – from 5 to 10 million passengers a year.
Future plans for the development of the airport are to complete the modernization of the fourth terminal, repair the existing runway and start construction of a new terminal. The number of passengers flying through the National Airport has increased five-fold over the past 11 years.
On 25 December 2008, the airport welcomed its first millionth passenger, in November 2013 – a second millionth. On 10 November, a plane with a 3 millionth passenger on board landed in Minsk, in 2017, four million passengers visited Belarus, in 2018 – 500 thousand more.
Besides, today Belavia Belarusian Airlines greeted its 4 millionth passenger. According to Belavia, the airline’s passenger traffic rose by 20.2% year-on-year. In 2019 the company launched flights to Tallinn, Moscow and Munich.