“Aeroexpress” was headed by Andrei Akimov from the Moscow Department of Transport

Andrei Akimov, head of the Moscow Central Diameters Directorate (MCD) of the Moscow Central Transport Department, has been appointed the new director general of Aeroexpress, an Aeroexpress spokesman said on Monday. Akimov has been appointed CEO since December 13. He left his post in the department, a spokesman for Aeroexpress said. Prior to that, since September 2018, the company was headed by Alina Bisembayeva.

“The main vector of Andrei Akimov’s activity <...> The company will continue to integrate trains and express buses into Moscow’s transport system, taking into account the dynamically changing infrastructure, improving the quality of service, increasing the company’s share in the airport transportation market, ”said the carrier’s representative.

As Bisembayeva explained to Vedomosti, her resignation was due to personal circumstances. “There are various ideas, proposals (for further employment. -” Gazette “). As soon as I decide, I will inform the market, ”she said.

Bisembayeva also clarified that Russian Railways’ plans to sell its stake in Aeroexpress (25% minus 1 share) have not been implemented yet. Russian Railways wanted to withdraw from the company’s capital in 2021, selling a stake of 1.5 billion rubles. (This was reported in February by “Interfax” with reference to the presentation of the first deputy director general of the monopoly Vadim Mikhailov). “This year, I think, the RF is unlikely to implement it. It is difficult to say what their plans are for next year. So far they have not reported that they are changing their plans. Intentions to sell remain, ”Bisembayeva says.

According to SPARK-Interfax, 41.7% of Aeroexpress shares are owned by Iskandar Mahmudov and Andrei Bokarov, 33.3% by the former wife of Moscow Deputy Mayor for Transport Maxim Liksutov Tatiana (via TOR Property). The carrier has 11 double-decker Stadler trains and 7 single-decker trains.

Bisembayeva also hopes that Aeroexpress’s development strategy will not change with the arrival of the new leadership. “We have a good enough team. The direction of activity is clear. But a new leader can make his ideas and adjustments – it is always welcome, ”she said.

Andrei Akimov has been working in the Moscow transport complex since 2012, where he went from deputy head of the rail transport department to head of the ICD directorate, Aeroexpress reports. “Akimov oversaw the transformation of the small ring of the Moscow Railway into the Moscow Central Ring. Under his leadership, in 2019, traffic was launched along the Moscow Central Diameter from Odintsovo to Lobnya and from Nakhabin to Podolsk, ”the company said.

At the same time, in the autumn of 2019, along with the launch of the first branch of ICD-1 (from Odintsovo to Lobnya) in the movement of trains on the route and integrated trains “Aeroexpress”: the route from Sheremetyevo Airport was extended to Odintsovo. Between Odintsovo and the Belarusian railway station “Aeroexpress” goes with all stops and at the rates of the ICD, then – in the express mode with two stops.

In addition, under the leadership of Bisembayeva this summer launched express buses from the metro station “Khavrina” (in northern Moscow) to “Sheremetyevo” and opened a new passenger terminal with a capacity of 1,500 passengers per hour at the airport “Domodedovo”.

In the 2020 pandemic, Aeroexpress’s passenger traffic fell sharply due to restrictions on international flights. Trains and buses of the company transported to airports 5, 4 million people against 12, 2 million in 2019 (-56%). Aeroexpress also frequently changed traffic schedules in accordance with airports’ decisions to temporarily close terminals. In June 2020, the company reduced the tariff from 450 rubles. (standard one way) up to 300 rubles. The company’s revenue in 2020 fell 1.6 times to 3 billion rubles., Net losses amounted to 1.5 billion rubles.

Now, according to the site “Aeroexpress”, a ticket “standard” will cost 399 rubles., A trip at a business rate – 800 rubles. The company did not disclose passenger traffic in 2021.

Pavel Ivankin, President of the National Center for Transportation and Infrastructure, believes that Aeroexpress will develop further integration into the capital’s transport complex. “Today they are already actively integrating into the ICD schedule and in some directions work as an ICD train with all stops. The Aeroexpress will be further developed in this direction, ”Ivankin said.

The expert clarified that this will help the company to attract additional traffic at the expense of passengers who do not need to get to the airport. “They don’t lose the idea of ​​connecting with airports, but attract city passengers. On the other hand, passengers traveling to or from the airport will benefit from increased stops en route to the final destination. They will not have to go to Moscow to Paveletsky or Belarusian railway stations, ”Ivankin concluded. At the same time, according to the expert, fierce competition between the trains of the ICD and “Aeroexpress” on these routes should not arise: Therefore, in the next 3-5 years, “Aeroexpress” will not “push” with the trains of the ICD.

The resumption of passenger traffic at the Moscow air hub causes an increase in passenger traffic on Aeroexpress, says Mikhail Burmistrov, CEO of Infoline-Analytics. But he also notes increased competition from taxi aggregators, the launch of new metro stations near airports (such as the Vnukovo metro airport by the end of 2023) and the emergence of alternative communication options (such as the launch of a high-speed tram to Domodedovo). . This puts the plans to upgrade the fleet of “Aeroexpress” and reach a sustainable return on the big question, says the expert.

In this situation, the key factor in maintaining the economic efficiency of the project is the integration of trains and express buses of the company in the transport system of Moscow, said Burmistrov.

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