On 11 December, the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany Geza Andreas von Geyr visited Tolmachevo Airport in the frame of a working visit to Novosibirsk.

The main aim of the visit was to see the new flight catering facility in Tolmachevo that was launched in 2019 in the context of cooperation between the Novaport Holding and LSG Sky Chefs, one of the leading international manufacturers and operator in the field of flight catering. The ambassador was accompanied by the Consul General of FRG in Novosibirsk Peter Blomeyer and director general of Tolmachevo Catering LLC Sergei Anfinogenov.

It is to be recalled that the new facility of the Tolmachevo flight catering was opened on 29 August, precisely this day next year after the beginning of its construction. Before that, the enterprise operated on the territory of the Tolmachevo cargo terminal. The investments in the project made up RUB600 mln.

Having looked at the production facilities, Mr Andreas von Gayer highly estimated the capabilities of the flight catering facility in the Novosibirsk airport and wished the project further successful development.

On 18 December, the Tolmachevo airport has served 6.5 million passengers since the beginning of the year. It was a transfer passenger of the airport — Mrs Elena Kail, a resident of Blagoveshchensk, who flew together with her family from Blagoveshchensk to Novosibirsk and then on a connecting flight to Nizhnevartovsk.

The Tolmachevo airport and S7 Airlines have congratulated the anniversary passenger by presenting a tablet, a certificate for service in the business lounge and souvenirs. In addition, Elena and her family received memorable gifts from partner companies — a chain of coffee houses "Cup of Coffee" ("Chashka Kofe"), the company "Art Souvenir", a chain of hotels DoubleTree by Hilton Novosibirsk, as well as a hotel at the airport Tolmachevo "6-12-24", where Elena and her family were accommodated while waiting for a flight to Nizhnevartovsk.

"The fact that the transfer passenger became a record-breaking jubilee is a confirmation of the strategy of Tolmachevo Airport development as an aviation hub," says the general director of Tolmachevo Airport Mr Evgeniy Yankilevich. "Today, the Novosibirsk Airport is the second largest airport in the country in terms of transfer passenger traffic after the Moscow air hub and shows good growth rates for this indicator".

According to the expectations at the end of 2019, the airport’s transfer passenger traffic should increase by 500,000 people to 1.8 million passengers, and its share in the total passenger traffic will exceed 27%. Since 2014 the number of combinations of transfer connections through Tolmachevo practically used by passengers has increased almost six times and reached 2,300.

Last year, the Tolmachevo airport has served 6,747,151 passengers (+14.2%). The number of passengers on domestic flights has amounted to 4,903,212 (+14.5%), and on international flights to 1,843,939 (+13,3%).

In December, the passenger traffic of the Tolmachevo airport has amounted to 542,085 people, this is an increase of 16% compared to the result in 2018. Domestic flights have served 381,935 passengers (+14%), international flights — 160,150 (+21%). The number of airport transfer passengers has increased by 27% at the end of the year.

In 2019, the Tolmachevo airport has served 1.73 million transfer passengers, their share in the total passenger traffic has been 26.3%. For 12 months, airport has served 33,191 flights (+13% compared to the same period last year), in December — 2,882 (+17.7%). In 2019, the cargo traffic has amounted to 34,142 tons (+7%), including 3,692 tons of cargo and mail (+8%) in December.

Last year, new flights have been opened from Novosibirsk to Bukhara, Voronezh, Guangzhou, Nizhny Novgorod, Novokuznetsk. In addition, new charter flights to Surat Thani have been opened. Since August last year, Smartavia Airline Company has become a new partner of Tolmachevo airport on the Moscow route.

Today, the Tolmachevo airport ranks 6th among Russian airports in terms of total passenger traffic after the airports of the Moscow aviation hub, St Petersburg and Sochi, and is among the top three in terms of cargo traffic.