Sochi Airport geared up for Paralympics as the 100-Day countdown starts

Sochi International Airport is fully geared up to welcome Paralympians from all over the world

The airport, run by Basel Aero, was founded on 10 December, 1945. It is in the top ten Russian airports in terms of the number of passengers handled. During the ten months of 2013, Sochi International Airport served 2.1 mln passengers, 12% more than in the same period last year. About 235,000 passengers were served on international routes (32% more year-over-year) and almost 1.8 mln – on domestic ones (10% more year-over-year). A total of 2,656 tonnes of cargo and mail was processed in January-October. The airport has been recognized as the best regional airport at the III annual forum “Development of Russia and CIS airports - 2013”, held by Adam Smith Conference.


About Basel Aero

Basel Aero (, founded in 2007, manages the airport assets of the group "Basic Element".  Since June 2012, it is a joint venture that comprises of "Basic Element", OJSC "Sberbank of Russia" and Changi Airports International (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Changi Airport Group).  The "Basel Aero" includes airports in Krasnodar, Sochi, Gelendzhik and Anapa. Airports serving more than 7% of the total passenger traffic in Russia and about 1.5% of the total cargo traffic. One of the major projects of Basel Aero is preparing International Airport for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games. In January-August 2013 Basel Aero airports served almost 5 mln passengers, 12% more than in the same period in 2012. The development strategy of Basel Aero includes improving operational efficiency of assets and geographic expansion of the business.


About Basic Element

Basic Element ( is one of the Russia's largest and most dynamic diversified industrial groups. Basic Element's companies are controlled by or are within the scope of business interests of Oleg Deripaska, one of major Russian businessmen. Basic Element through its affiliates owns significant stakes in and operates a number of companies in many segments: Energy, Manufacturing, Financial Services, Construction, Aviation, Agriculture and others. Over 250,000 people work at more than 100 of Group's companies in Russia, the CIS, Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Many of them play key roles in their respective market segments in Russia and internationally, including En+ Group, GAZ Group, Glavstroy, Basel Aero and others.





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