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Koltsovo Airport Develops Cooperation with China

Koltsovo International Airport (apart ofAirports ofRegions) takes part inChina Outbound Travel & Tourism Market, anexhibition held inBeijing on16to18April.

At this event, Ekaterinburg is represented by Koltsovo International Airport, Angelo Hotel and travel agencies from Ekaterinburg, which organize trips for Chinese citizens. The Ekaterinburg stand is called "Ural: A New View of Russia". The main goal of the exhibition is to draw the attention of the Chinese tourist industry to Russian cities that can become an alternative to travelling to Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Koltsovo Airport does its best for convenience of tourists from China: navigation in Chinese is installed in the airport, a menu in Chinese is offered in the cafe and restaurants in the international flight area. The Koltsovos principal carrier, Ural Airlines, provides transfer services from China to the cities of Europe. Efforts made by Koltsovo towards China yield results: in 2017, the passenger traffic at the Ekaterinburg airport in the Chinese directions grew by 80% and made about 140 thousand passengers.

China Outbound Travel & Tourism Market is designed to tell the participants of China's tourism market about new and interesting places to travel. The exhibition is attended by the tourism market participants from all over the world.

Sheremetyevo-Cargo andKoltsovo Airport began e-freight testing

Koltsovo International Airport (member ofAirports ofRegions Group) andRussia's largest cargo airport terminal Sheremetyevo-Cargo signed anagreement toorganize e-freight testing en-route Moscow-Ekaterinburg-Moscow. Bytheendoftheyear theparties will conduct preparatory work andstart implementing thejoint project onJanuary l. Thetechnology will betested onAeroflot flights. Itisexpected that thetransition toelectronic airfreight operations will reduce thehandling time, expedite thedelivery ofthefreight toconsignees andsave theairports costs.

E-freight is an international standard of paperless communication for airfreight operations, recommended by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Implementation of this standard involves the transition to electronic document communication: production of original documents for communication of airfreight operations only in electronic form and their further electronic exchange between airfreight operation participants.

Sheremetyevo-Cargo is a major cargo operator of Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport, introduces the company Sheremetyevo-Cargos Quality Director Andrew Vyskvarkin. Currently we service all Aeroflot flight (domestic and international), as well as flights of major foreign carriers. Our company pays immense attention to the development of information technologies, so we have great interest in the IATAs e-freight project. Despite the obvious advantages of electronic technologies for communication in Russia the project still has not found sufficient support at the national level. However, we think it right to do everything we can to speed up the implementation of e-freight in our country.

Koltsovo Cargo Terminal is a modern airport complex, which has everything necessary to move to paperless airfreight operations, says Koltsovo International Airports Director for Operations Denis Bukin. Joint project with Sheremetyevo-Cargo will allow us to reach a new level of operations technology and customer service. Complete information about the arriving freight will be sent within half an hour after the departure of the aircraft. All the data will go into the information system of the cargo terminal allowing to plan aircraft ground handling, work of the warehouse and notify the consignee of the arrival of freight.

In addition, the transition to paperless airfreight operations ensures high visibility: electronic documentation allows on-line tracking and tracing. Single freight data entry at the dispatching point provides high accuracy and integrity of the information. Koltsovo and Sheremetyevo-Cargo plan to summarize the first results of paperless airfreight operations testing in the third quarter of 2015. During e-freight testing the parties will continue to issue a complete set of consignment documents in paper form drawn up in accordance with the applicable rules of transportation. In the next implementation phase of the project it is planned to expand the list of airports participating in the agreement.

Koltsovo Airport handled more than 3.5 million passengers inthefirst 9months

During January-September of2014 Koltsovo International Airport (member ofAirports ofRegions Group) handled 3,544,734 passengers, a7.7% gain compared totheyear-ago period. Domestic travel grew by13.9% to1,839,567, while international passenger flow amounted to1,705,167 people (+1.8%). Thenumber ofdepartures was4.6% higher year over year andtotaled 18,585 aircraft movements.

Geography of flights during that period included 120 destinations, 54 in Russia and 66 abroad. Among the new destinations of January-September 2014 - Haikou, Urai, Kogalim, Fergana, Patras and Hannover. The leaders in the number of passengers remain Moscow, Antalya, St. Petersburg, Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh. 56 airlines including 32 Russian and 24foreign serviced Koltsovo year to-date. The new carriers of the first 9 months of 2014 were I fly, Astra Airlines, Ellinair and others.

TheEuropean Table Tennis Championship will besupported byAirports ofRegions holding company

The decision tohold amajor tournament inthecapital oftheUrals wasapproved bytheEuropean Table Tennis Union over theweekend. Competitions will take place from 24September to5October 2015.

It is not the first project for Airports of Regions Group related to the development of table tennis. Horizon Table Tennis Club was established with the support of the Koltsovo Airport in the Sverdlovsk Oblast. The club began its performances in autumn of 2008 and immediately achieved good results. The team took part in the Cup of Russia, and also from the second round it began competition for the European Super Cup ETTU CUP MEN 2008/2009 and continued its performance in the following seasons. Two times the team became the fourth in the Club Championship of Russia among men's teams of the Premier League having conceded only to more eminent contenders. After Koltsovo had joined Airports of Regions Group, the sports tradition gained its traction. After a successful experience in organizing World Tour Russian Open in Ekaterinburg, it was decided to move to another level of table tennis tournaments.

The upcoming European championship will be the largest sports project of Airports of Regions Group. It is expected that more than 500 sportsmen from 50 countries will attend the competition. The championship will be held with the participation of more than 130 international referees.

Airports ofRegions took part intheglobal forum forairroutes development

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Leading Russian airport group Airports of Regions took part in the largest aviation forum for the development of air routes World Routes 2014, which this year was held from September 20 to 23 in Chicago, IL, USA. The Holdings specialists in aviation marketing following the aviation strategy to expand the routes of Ekaterinburg, Samara and Nizhny Novgorod airports held a series of meetings with key representatives of airlines from around the world.

In addition to the scheduled meetings, Airports of Regions Group was presented at the exhibition, where guests could take part in a unique interactive attraction. Using conventional markers and paper anyone, who wanted to, designed a livery of his own aircraft and launched it into the virtual space of the ARs exhibition stand. According to the designers, this entertainment was a fantastic and amazing development, which gave them a lot of fun, it's not every day you can see the aircraft you have just painted come to life and take off.

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Airports of Regions Group is unique in its own way - we not only develop airports, but also build new ones. Already at the beginning of next year a new passenger terminal in Samara, and at the end of 2015 - in Nizhny Novgorod are to be commissioned; in Rostov-on-Don and Saratov for the first time in the modern history of national aviation industry airports will be built from scratch. So this year, in addition to the expansion of the groups airports routes, one of our goals is to position the holding as a technological, innovative and biggest in Russia. We are ready to implement complex projects aimed at the development of airports and competitive performance of the industry, said Airports of Regions Group MCs Director for Aviation Business Development Vladimir Kamynin, who headed the holdings delegation in the United States.

Lets note that World Routes is one of the major aviation world events, where airports and airlines interested in their routes development traditionally meet. A large part of the visitors constitute top managers, decision-makers in their companies. The forum is held in the format of 20-minute meetings between the participating companies. On the day up to 15 meetings may take place aimed at the opening of new routes and a brief discussion of future cooperation.

In 2014 World Routes Forum gathered in one place more than 2,500 professionals from more than one hundred countries around the world. Such 20-minute meetings at international Routes forums in the past years gave rise to the foundation and development of partnerships between the holdings airports and Finnair, Air China, flydubai, Air Arabia and Hainan Airlines. Besides airports and airlines, among the guests - representatives of federal and regional authorities, world famous aviation consulting agencies, tourist companies and industrial mass media.

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