Ekaterinburg Airport expects twofold increase in passenger traffic during 2018 World Cup

Reverse scheme of service for passengers of international flights is in the works to manage the growth.
30 June 2016
Sergey Fadeichev/TASS
Koltsovo airport lounge

Koltsovo Airport in Ekaterinburg is preparing for a twofold increase of the daily passenger traffic during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The airport is expected to receive 14,000 more passengers daily, according to the airport’s press service.

"Koltsovo airport is preparing to increase the daily passenger traffic during the 2018 World Cup. The airport will receive up to 14,000 more people daily. According to the forecasts of the Organizing Committee of the Championship, about 20% of the fans will use air transport," the press-service said, noting that the forecast takes into account the fact that the majority of fans will arrive 10 hours before the match. The airport currently receives 14,000 passengers daily.

"In order to manage the increase of passenger traffic, for the first time in the history of the airport we are working on a reverse scheme of service for passengers of international flights. According to the scheme, passengers will also be able to reach the city through the departure lounge. At the same time, the schedule will not overlap with departing passengers. This scheme might also be used for mass departure of fans," the airport representative said.

Federal airport Koltsovo is located in the Sverdlovsk region, in 16 km south-east of Ekaterinburg city center. The airport’s airfield has two runways with artificial turf, a developed network of taxiways, aprons and aircraft parking spots for various purposes.