The Simferopol airport has published a report on its operations in 2014, according to which the airport handled 2.8 million passengers, 2.3 times more than it handled in 2013 (1.2 million people), the publication reports.

According to the report, the airport reached 2 million passengers for the first time in 20 years.

The airport handled 11,602 flights in 2014 or 55% more that it handled in 2013. The most popular destinations were Moscow, St. Petersburg, Rostov-on-Don, Yekaterinburg, and Krasnodar.

The airport began handling wide-body aircraft in 2014, including Boeing 747-400, Boeing 777-300, and Airbus 330-300. At the same time, the capacity of the airport was increased to 15 takeoff and landing operations per hour.

The airport added to its fleet of special equipment last year. In particular, it purchased two snow machines, an airfield reagent spreader, all-terrain airfield fire trucks, modern air-start systems, ramps, etc.

As reported, in accordance with a decision by the Ukrainian authorities, the Simferopol airport lost the status of not only international airport, but also the right to handle aircraft, after the annexation of the Crimea by Russia. Only Russian carriers operate flights to Simferopol, which is one of the peninsula’s main transport channels.