Gearing up Sochi International Airport for the 2014 Winter Olympics
Sochi International Airport is one of four airports in Southern Russia that CAI invested in in 2012. Anticipating increased passenger traffic during the Winter Olympics in 2014, CAI worked with its partners to enhance the airport’s infrastructure and services ahead of the global event.
Some of the improvements included a new 10-gate passenger gallery, a 4,000 sqm VIP terminal, the largest of its kind in Russia, and new world-class duty-paid and dutry-free shops. This enabled the airport to serve a record 370,000 travellers in the Winter Olympic month of February 2014 — three times its average passenger traffic. Despite stretched airport resources, over ninety per cent of flights at the airport were on time.
Today, it continues to serve large groups of passengers attending major international events at Sochi, such as the annual F1 Grand Prix and this year’s FIFA World Cup.
Sochi International Airport was recently voted “Best International Airport by Size and Region, Europe” and “Best Airport by Region, Europe” for the third consecutive year, at the Airports Council International Airport Service Quality Awards. On the national level, it continues to be the “Best International Airport” for the forth year running, at Russia’s National Airport Infrastructure Show & Civil Aviation.
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