On February 9, 2021, within the framework of the VIII National Exhibition of Civil Aviation Infrastructure NAIS-2021, on the Day of Civil Aviation Worker, Vnukovo International Airport was named the winner of the National Air Gateway Award in the category "Best Airport: Meeting the Challenges 2020".
At the ceremony, Deputy Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation Igor Chalik emphasized: "Last year was unusual both for the world economies and for the aviation industry, but everything ends, and today's exhibition is the best confirmation that we will overcome everything and the volume of traffic will increase. Thanks to the joint efforts and support of the state and the energy of the heads of airlines and aviation enterprises, everything will definitely get better! "
Choosing the best of the best for the presentation of the national award "Air Gates of Russia," the expert council assessed the airports, taking into account the following criteria:
- Prompt provision of safety requirements for passengers and personnel;
- Preservation of labor collectives;
- Continuation of the implementation of infrastructure and renovation projects;
- Examples of social responsibility and volunteer support;
- Other advances in adaptation and restructuring of business processes during a pandemic.
For a responsible attitude to the organization of work during a pandemic and for the fact that Vnukovo International Airport has become an example of social responsibility, on behalf of Dmitry Saprykin, General Director of Vnukovo International Airport, the award was received by Anton Kuznetsov, Deputy General Director for Commerce. The award was presented by the Head of the Federal Air Transport Agency, Alexander Neradko. Presenting the award, he noted: "This year has shown that civil aviation is an absolutely cohesive team, ready to solve any problems that we face."
Dmitry Saprykin, General Director of Vnukovo International Airport, expressed gratitude for the recognition of the achievements not only of the top managers of the airport, but of the entire team of thousands of enterprise's employees, and also noted: "In this difficult period for the aviation industry, the main task for Vnukovo airport was and remains to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection and to ensure the safe stay of passengers in our air terminal complex. Besides, our team remained a priority for us. When international air traffic was discontinued, it was challenging not to lose the experienced and dedicated workers our airport is proud of. Thanks to the support of the Russian government, we were able to maintain human resources. And today, the airport is not planning to stop there but strive for new heights."
For three years in a row, Vnukovo International Airport was recognized as the leader in the highest category, "Best Airport" (in the category of over 15 million passengers per year) in the "Air Gates of Russia" award. In 2019, Vnukovo Airport was recognized as the best in the category "International Airport with passenger traffic of over 15 million passengers per year." Then it set a new record, by exceeding the line of passenger traffic of 24 million. In 2018, Vnukovo Airport won the nomination "International Airport with a passenger traffic of over 10 million passengers per year."
In addition to the "Russian Air Gateway" award, the NAIS Forum also presented the Skyway Service Award. Vnukovo airport partner AZUR air became the winner in the "Best Airline: Meeting Challenges 2020" nomination. AZUR air is the only carrier that performed export flights from South America. Vnukovo partners were also awarded the Skyway Service Award in the category "Best Airline: Meeting the Challenges of 2020": Utair-Helicopter Services - for "fast" air assistance and Azimut Airlines - for expanding flights within Russia and efficiency of crisis management.
Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation Vitaly Savelyev, Head of the Federal Air Transport Agency Alexander Neradko, and General Director of JSC Vnukovo International Airport Dmitry Saprykin explored an exhibition dedicated to the development of infrastructure of airports, airfields, helipads, and civil aviation in Russia and the CIS. This year, 125 participants from 16 countries demonstrated the latest developments and innovative products for aviation enterprises' infrastructure on a business platform.
Various meetings and conferences are held within the framework of the NAIS forum. The business program is attended by over 75 participating companies representing the latest technologies and products for the development of the aviation industry and more than 3,000 civil aviation infrastructure professionals from 60 regions of Russia.
At the plenary session "Air travel recovery prospects and industry support measures," reports were made by the Head of the Federal Air Transport Agency, Alexander Neradko, the Head of the Federal Agency for Tourism Department Elena Lysenkova, and others. Alexey Gurevich, CIO of Vnukovo International Airport, moderated the conference "Digitalization of the aviation industry - opportunities of the new era." And at the plenary session "Prospects for the recovery of the aviation industry: crisis management - experience 2020" with the report "Advanced airport technology in action. The curiosities of using high technologies in practice" was made by Dmitry Khartunyan, Production Director of Vnukovo International Airport.
NAIS is the largest exhibition in Russia, and the CIS is dedicated to the development of civil aviation infrastructure, which is held with the support and participation of the aviation authorities of the Russian Federation: the Ministry of Transport of Russia, the Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviation). Each year, NAIS hosts on its space Russian and foreign exhibitors - manufacturers and suppliers of solutions for the aviation industry, as well as delegations from more than 100 airports and airlines in Russia and the CIS. The event is timed to the Day of the Civil Aviation Worker of Russia.
Vnukovo International Airport is one of the largest air transport complexes in Russia. Annually, the airport serves about 200 thousand flights of Russian and foreign airlines. The airport's route network covers Russia and neighboring countries, Europe, America, Asia, and Africa. Vnukovo International Airport in 2019 broke a historical record and served over 24 million passengers, which is 11.7% or 2.5 million passengers more than in 2018.
Vnukovo airport complex, with a total area of about 300 thousand square meters, can provide a capacity of up to 35 million passengers per year.
Vnukovo International Airport, the only one among Russia's airports, received the award of the President of the Russian Federation V.V. Putin, for his labor success and highly professional performance.