On February 7, two days before the Civil Aviation Worker's Day, Vnukovo International Airport employees received the 9th Air Gateway award at the 10th National Civil Aviation Infrastructure Exhibition NAIS 2023. The winners of "Personal Contribution to the Development of an Aviation Enterprise" award were Mikhail Belousov, Head of Vnukovo's Airfield Service, Nadezhda Schegolkova, Head of Passenger Transportation Service, and Igor Surov, Senior Inspector of the Pre-flight Screening Team of the Aviation Security Service.
Mikhail Belousov has been working at Vnukovo Airport since September 1981. Currently, he is the Head of Airfield Service at Vnukovo International Airport. Every day he facilitates technological processes that directly affect safety and frequency of flights, as well as takes all necessary measures for bird strike safety. He also supervised the renewal of the special vehicles fleet. Special achievement of Mikhail Belousov is the smooth functioning of the service during the reconstruction of Runway 2 in 2009 and Runway 1 in 2011-2013, which were performed at normal operation of the airport, as well as during the construction and commissioning of the new passenger Terminal A in 2006-2012. Over the years of his work at Vnukovo Airport, Mikhail Belousov has proved himself as a highly qualified expert, dedicated to his work. He has extensive expertise and talent for leadership. Over many years of hard work, he earned well-deserved authority and sincere respect of his team.
Nadezhda Shchegolkova has been working in the civil aviation industry for more than 18 years. Since July 2019, she has been the Head of Passenger Transportation Service at Vnukovo International Airport. Nadezhda Shchegolkova is responsible for all stages of passenger service including individual preferences and needs. She participated in a number of significant projects aimed to improve the performance of the airport and enhance the quality of passenger service, including the project of upgrading the navigation system in the airport terminal. Additionally, Nadezhda Shchegolkova led a large-scale process overhaul for teams and departments of the Passenger Transportation Service that handle passengers' baggage, including lost items.
Igor Surov has worked in the civil aviation industry for over 12 years. Currently, he is a Senior Inspector of the Pre-flight Screening Team of the Aviation Security Service at Vnukovo International Airport. He monitors the implementation of orders and decrees of federal executive authorities to eliminate violations and ensure transport and aviation security. He also controls preparation of documents aimed to prevent illegal interference in civil aviation activities. During his work at Vnukovo Airport, he proved himself as a qualified and responsible expert, able to find solutions to challenging issues.
The ceremony was attended by Alexander Yurchik, Deputy Head of the Presidential Directorate for Supporting Activities of the State Council of the Russian Federation, Igor Chalik, Deputy Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation, and Alexander Neradko, Head of the Federal Agency for Air Transport. Among participants of the forum were Anton Kuznetsov, Deputy CEO of Sales of Vnukovo International Airport, JSC, Dmitry Babkin, Investment and Property Director of Vnukovo International Airport, JSC, Svetlana Steshina, HR Director of Vnukovo International Airport, JSC, Elena Shutovskaya, Government Liaison Officer of Vnukovo International Airport, JSC, Dmitry Khartunyan, Production Director of Vnukovo International Airport, JSC.
Additionally, the Skyway Service Awards were presented at the NAIS forum. They were received by 11 airlines, including partners of Vnukovo Airport:
- Azimuth Airline
- AZUR air
- UTair-Helicopter Services, OJSC
NAIS forum is a platform for various sessions and conferences. More than 100 speakers participate in this business program. Forum NAIS 2023 presented over 100 exhibitors from Russia, Belarus, Germany, the Czech Republic, Italy and China. When opening the business program of the forum, Alexander Neradko, Head of the Federal Agency for Air Transport, said: "It is important that both the exhibition and business program of NAIS 2023 are dedicated to the important topic — import substitution in the industry. It will be the main trend in the coming years, which will boost the development of civil aviation infrastructure. Under the growing pressure of sanctions, adapting to the new reality and ensuring smooth operation and safety in the industry are of extremely high importance. I am convinced that the expert discussion of today's challenges at the NAIS 2023 platform will facilitate our efforts and capabilities, allow us to find answers to the burning questions and outline the solutions."
Vnukovo International Airport is one of the largest airports in Russia. Each year the airport handles about 200,000 flights of Russian and foreign airlines. Its network covers the whole territory of Russia as well as near and far-abroad countries. In 2019, Vnukovo International Airport served over 24 million passengers, breaking its own record. Vnukovo Airport terminal with a total area of about 300,000 square meters can handle up to 35 million passengers annually. Vnukovo International Airport is the only airport in Russia to have received Letter of Commendation from the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin for its professional achievements and high performance. Moreover, Vnukovo Airport was recognized as the Best International Airport by Air Gateway of Russia award at National Aviation Infrastructure Show (NAIS) for three consecutive years.
NAIS is the largest exhibition in Russia and the CIS dedicated to the development of civil aviation infrastructure, which supported and attended by the aviation authorities of the Russian Federation: the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation, the Federal Agency for Air Transport (Rosaviatsiya). NAIS welcomes Russian and foreign exhibitors every year: manufacturers and suppliers of the aviation industry solutions, as well as delegations from more than 100 airports and airlines from Russia and the CIS. The event is timed to coincide with the Civil Aviation Worker's Day.