New Strategy for the Russian Far East

THE AIRPORTS at Khabarovsk and Vladivostok, located in the Russian Far East, have agreed a joint strategy with Lufthansa Consulting in an effort to maximise the economic potential of the region.  The project will lead to the establishment of aviation hubs at the airports, with Khabarovsk/Novy Airport focusing on domestic services, while Vladivostok/Knevichi Airport (VVO) will concentrate on the international passenger and cargo segments.
The strategy follows analysis from German firm Lufthansa Consulting, which identified the option of two hubs as the most favourable, both for the airports and for the social and economic development of the region.  The Far East of Russia is reported to have great potential for air traffic development, with the annual passenger volume between the two airports expected to reach 5.5 million per year by 2015 – cargo is anticipated to rise to 120,000 tonnes.  The majority of this growth will come from transit passengers and freight, with significant investment planned for both facilities.