Tolmachevo Airport in Russia serves as a transfer hub for flights between Europe and China.
Novosibirsk Tolmachevo Airport is based in Siberia, Russia, and serves as a transfer hub for passenger and cargo routes connecting Europe with China and South East Asia.
It is Russian holding group Novaport’s largest airport and one of the busiest in the Asian part of the Russian Federation. It provides connections for over 2300 city pairs.
The airport’s route network comprises over 100 international and domestic destinations. In 2019, Tolmachevo Airport was used by more than 6.747 million passengers, and, the number of passengers increased by more than 14% by 2018.
Tolmachevo Airport, Novosibirsk International Airport
Airport transfer hub development
Oneworld alliance member S7 Airlines is the main carrier at Tolmachevo Airport, which is one of its hubs. The airline operates regular flights to more than 75 destinations. Since April 2017, the airline has been operating the Embraer E-170 aircraft, connecting regional flights across 35 destinations in the eastern part of the Russian Federation.
The airline actively expands its fleet. In 2018, S7 Airlines upgraded its fleet with Boeing 737MAX and Airbus A 320/321neo aircraft.
The airline has been helping enhance the development of the airport as an international hub with new services. In 2018-2019, S7 Airlines launches regular flights to Bangkok, Tokyo, Sanya, Nha Trang, Guangzhou and some new domestic routes.
Transfer hub for flights between China and Europe
Currently, the airport is implementing a set of activities required for the development of the airport as a transfer gateway, in particular, airport transfer project is implemented in cooperation with S7 Airlines and other partner airlines. The share of transfer passengers in the total passenger traffic of the airport has already risen from 10% in 2015 to 26% in 2019.
To encourage Chinese visitors, Novosibirsk Tolmachevo Airport developed a Chinese version of its website. The airport features translated information signs and terminal announcements in Chinese. In June 2018, the airport was certified as China Friendly according to Russia’s programme to promote Chinese tourism. The airport has successfully confirmed its certification in December 2019.
Transfer passengers arriving or departing from the People’s Republic of China totalled over 88,000 in 2019. Direct passenger traffic to Novosibirsk Tolmachevo Airport from the cities People’s Republic of China increased in 2019 by 6% to 255,000 passengers.
In 2019 Chinese destinations from OVB include scheduled flights to Hong Kong, Beijing, Sanya, Urumchi, Harbin, Guangzhou and Shanghai.
An agreement between the Russian Government and the People’s Republic of China on visa-free group travel has significantly enhanced passenger traffic. By the end of 2019, a total of 40,000 passengers travelled from China to Novosibirsk under the visa-free travel directive (30% higher than in 2018).
Airport transfer hub development
It is planned to implement the Reconstruction of the International and Domestic Airlines Passenger Terminal of Novosibirsk International Airport (Tolmachevo) by 2025 in two stages with the completion of the first, main stage in 2022. The construction is expected to start in May 2020.
By 2022, the airport plans to increase passenger traffic to 10 million a year. The approximate total area of the new passenger terminal complex after the implementation of the two stages should be more than 100,000m².
It should be noted that Novosibirsk Tolmachevo Airport is one of the main transit stops for cargo flights between China, South East Asia and Europe. Domestic and international freight airlines serve the airport, including Cargolux, Lufthansa Cargo and AirBridgeCargo, with 40-45 transit flights a week.
Russian Post processing centre
Тhe initial stage of construction of a new Logistics postal centre (LPC) is near completion in mid-2020. The LPC will serve 11 million residents of the Siberian region. A location of the post processing centre at the Tolmachevo airport will allow unloading post items from the boards of the arriving aircraft directly, and this must reduce the time for transportation of post to the recipient.
The new state-of-the-art LPC with an area of more than 48,000m² will be equipped with the most modern post processing equipment such as automated sorting lines, which will be able to process up to one million shipments per day. In addition, the launch of the logistics postal centre will provide jobs for about 1,300 inhabitants of the region. The new logistics hub will be characterised by a high degree of process automation and the ability to produce both import and export operations for sending parcels and goods on customer orders through Russian online stores from specially designated storage areas.
About Novaport Group
Novaport Group is one of the largest airport holdings in the Russian Federation. It operates 18 airports in Russia. The company has been implementing airport renovation and construction projects for more than ten years. The total investment in the airport infrastructure has amounted over RUR32bn.
In 2019 total passenger traffic at the group’s airports overcame 24 million passengers, which forms 11% of the total number of passengers handled across the country’s airports.
The group started operating Saransk airport in 2019.
In January 2021, Tolmachevo Airport has served 398,950 passengers (-24%). The amount of passengers on domestic flights was 375,221 (+5.9%), on international flights, 23,729 (-86.1%).
AZUR air Airlines has resumed flights to Istanbul, Turkey, from Novosibirsk, Russia, as of 21 March.
At present time, one of the key stages of the project - the construction of the pile field and foundation is at the completion stage.
Last year Novosibirsk Tolmachevo International Airport served 4,634,166 passengers (-31.3%). The number of passengers on domestic routes was 4,087,771 (-16.6%), on international - 546,395 (-70.4%).
A working conference was held on 8 July at Tolmachevo airport on the project 'Reconstruction of the airport terminal complex Tolmachevo, Novosibirsk' under the chairmanship of Mr Anatoly Pchelin, the head of airport operations department of the Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia).
In December last year, a tender for the implementation of stages 2.2 and 3 at the facility 'Reconstruction of the Tolmachevo airport terminal complex' was won by JSC Novosibirskasvtodor.
In 2019, Tolmachevo airport served 6,747,151 passengers, an increase of 14.2%.
As of 18 December, Tolmachevo airport served 6.5 million passengers in 2019.
The Ambassador of Germany, Geza Andreas von Geyr visited Tolmachevo Airport as part of his visit to Novosibirsk on 11 December.
Headed by the Governor Andrey Travnikov, a delegation from Russia's Novosibirsk Region attended Moscow's eighth international forum 'Russian Transport', which involved discussion of Tolmachevo Airport and its development projects.
From the 21st to the 24th of September, the 25th-anniversary international forum aimed at the opening and development of new air routes has been held in the city of Adelaide (Australia).
On September 25, Novosibirsk Tolmachevo airport served its five millionth passenger since the beginning of the year.
This event has been devoted to a bust unveiling ceremony of the Triple Hero of the Soviet Union, Air Marshal, a Citizen of Honour of Novosibirsk Alexander Ivanovich Pokryshkin, held on September 20 in the connecting gallery of the airport complex.
On 8 August, the airport has served a record number of flights 125, with an average daily number in August of 104.
Tolmachevo Airport hosted a meeting on the initial construction stage of a Logistic postal centre (LPC), one of the major investment projects in Novosibirsk Airport's territory.
In August, Tolmachevo Airport inaugurated a new factory complex for in-flight catering.
Results of the tender to carry out the reconstruction of the terminal square at Tolmachevo Airport in Russia were summed up on 28 June.
Novosibirsk International Airport (Tolmachevo) celebrated its 62nd birthday on 12 July this year.
On 22 May, the final flight of the renowned Tu-134B of ALROSA Airline Company (RA-65693) was carried out from Mirny (Yakutia) to Novosibirsk in Russia, where it was transferred to the Museum of Aviation History.
The Federal Target Investment Program of Russia (FTIP), published on the website of the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia, confirmed budget allocations for the project of the Tolmachevo Airport's complex reconstruction.
Architectural design of the new terminal building developed by the SPEECH architectural bureau has been selected as a part of the reconstruction of the passenger terminal complex.
Passenger traffic at Novosibirsk International Tolmachevo airport in 2018 increased by more than 901,000 and amounted to 5.9 million (+18% from 2017).