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Moscow airports expect 60 million to 65 million passengers by 2020

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With air travel booming in Russia for a fifth successive year, Moscow's three main airports -- Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo -- are touting their plans to meet growing demand as far ahead as 2020.

The three airports are planning to become bigger, sleeker and more user-friendly as the competition heats up for the millions of extra passengers per year expected to fly to and from the city. But while the country's pre-eminent hub for decades, state-owned Sheremetyevo, remains mired in bureaucratic delays, its rivals are forging ahead with ambitious plans involving large-scale private sector investments.

"The competition among Moscow's airports is tougher than anywhere else, we battle for every client," said Dmitry Kamenshchik, chairman of Domodedovo operator East Line Group, at a recent briefing on the airport's development strategy.

The fastest growing of the three airports, Domodedovo saw traffic soar 30 percent last year to 12.1 million passengers. The southern Moscow airport is now breathing heavily down the neck of its main competitor, Sheremetyevo, which last year handled 12.8 million passengers.

Kamenshchik said that, judging by results so far this year, Domodedovo had already overtaken Sheremetyevo by volume, and that passengers were voting with their feet for Domodedovo's state-of-the-art facilities over Sheremetyevo's aging infrastructure.

With East Line's investment into facilities of $500 million, Domodedovo is widely viewed as the best airport in Russia and is now one of the top 10 in Europe, Kamenshchik said.
East Line plans to increase the airport's size to 215,000 square meters by next year, including an all-glass multilevel plaza with parking for 4,500 cars, a hotel and even a supermarket and a cinema, while capacity will increase to 16 million passengers per year.

The first airport to become accessible by rail, Domodedovo is also in talks with Russian Railways, or RZD, to build rail links to most of Moscow's train stations. It currently has one rail link, to Paveletsky Station in central Moscow.

"We are taking our expansion stage by stage," Kamenshchik said. "There could be a big boom in the market and we have to be ready for it. But with the base that we have created, we can complete any project in 12 months."

The airport predicts it will serve anywhere between 23 million and 40 million passengers per year by 2020, and is planning to construct three new terminals to meet this demand.

Eventually, Kamenshchik said, Domodedovo will grow into a miniature city, including a business area with office buildings and warehouses, entertainment theme parks and shopping centers.

East Line's ambitious plans, and investments to date, have helped it woo several domestic and international carriers to Domodedovo, including British Airways, El Al and, most recently, Spain's Iberia.

However, East Line's plans encountered a snafu last month in the form of a government re-evaluation of its 75-year lease on the airport. Claiming that East Line's lease was granted in an improper manner and has yielded just peanuts to the state, the Federal Property Management Agency terminated the lease agreement.

But Kamenshchik said East Line's enthusiasm had not been dampened or its operations affected in any way. He said he expected a new lease agreement to be signed later this year with fixed rates that would also apply to Sheremetyevo and Vnukovo.

He said that government ministries were keen to resolve the situation.

"Otherwise I would have said: 'Stop, no more investment, let it be like everywhere else,'" he said.

Kamenshchik cited the airport as a good example of private investment coming in to aid a major overhaul of the country's cash-strapped transport infrastructure -- cooperation the government has stated it wants to encourage.

Vnukovo, the smallest of the three airports, is looking to catch up with its two big rivals. It is a rare example of cooperation between the authorities and the private sector gone well.

Controlled by City Hall, Vnukovo has profited from the city's continued construction and development spree under Mayor Yury Luzhkov.

Vnukovo last year completed construction on a new terminal next to its Soviet-era one, and has hired German firm Obermeyer Planen & Beraten to draw up plans for a new international terminal at an estimated cost of $300 million.

Obermeyer, which has worked on airport projects in Germany, China and most recently in Novosibirsk, is due to present the draft concept for the terminal by May.

According to Vnukovo's preliminary plans, the new 120,000-square-meter, all-glass terminal will give the airport capacity for 7,500 passengers per hour, translating into an annual capacity of between 18 million and 23 million passengers.

Last year, Vnukovo's traffic fell 11 percent to 2.5 million passengers, but this year the airport's management hopes to attract an extra 1 million passengers.

"Experts predict traffic of between 60 million and 65 million passengers by 2020 through Moscow alone," said Vitaly Vantsev, Vnukovo's first deputy general director. "If that happens, there will be enough work for all three airports."

Vnukovo also plans to extend one of its two runways and complete its rail link to Kievsky Station with an underground platform at the airport by this August.

The new terminal will cost an estimated $300 million, to be mainly financed by the Moscow city government and Aviatsionnaya Neftyanaya Kompania, the two main shareholders in the airport.

Vantsev said the airport would hold a tender for the terminal this year and complete its construction by 2007.

State-owned Sheremetyevo has also been through a series of tenders to upgrade its dilapidated facilities, but due to a series of shake-ups in its management and bureaucratic delays, major improvements have yet to take place.

Sheremetyevo-2, the country's main international entry point, originally built for the 1980 Olympic Games, has in recent years been referred to as "the nation's disgrace."

Meanwhile, the fate of the airport's third terminal, which was previously planned to open in 2003 but never progressed beyond a 2001 groundbreaking ceremony, is still up in the air.

Federal Property Management Agency officials earlier this month came up with a proposal to privatize Sheremetyevo next year, but the Transportation Ministry was quick to denounce the plans, arguing in favor of selling off the airport after improvements were made to raise its value.

Sheremetyevo's new management team, installed last October, is working on a new development plan to be presented later this year, deputy general director Sergei Nedoroslev said by telephone.

The airport has so far limited its makeover for Terminal-2 to cosmetic changes, such as expanding the arrivals area, redecorating ceilings and installing machines for making fresh fruit juice.
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wow, nice one.... Moscov is getting there, any pics ?
wow 3 airports in one city, pretty impressive :)
London has 5 - Heatwrow, gatwick Luton, Stansted, City.
well, I know at least 6 airports in Moscow.
Domodedovo Intl., Sheremet'yevo Intl., Vnukovo Intl., Bykovo, Zhukovskiy, Myachkovo

first three have international flights and plans for big increasing. Vnukovo from 2,5mln in 2004 to 20mln by 2020, Domodedovo from present 12mln (13,3mln - 2005, 16mln - 2007-2008б 24-28mln - 2015) to 30-35mln by 2020 and Sheremet'yevo from 13mln to 34mln by 2020. So in sum it is not 60-65, but 80-85.

here is domodedovo renderings.


and expansion by 2020
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wow i didnt think these cities had so many airports, its new to me
EDIT let's stop offtopic ;)

No wonder Moscow's airports are growing so fast because of the size of the city and distances. :)
I think Moscow should had one large international airport and be merry.

From this statistics less than 30 million passengers use all 3 airports combined.
Gatwick of London has 35 million passengers - 2nd largest airport in London area.

Heathrow over 67million and Standsted over 22 million.

What I'm trying to say Moscow should have only one airport and this way consolidate services and so on.
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edit: and for the airports, could someone show a map of the city and the airports?
how far are they from the city center?
Great !

Domodedovo now looks much better than Sheremetyevo.
^ A lot of airports look better than Sheremetyevo, good to see Moscow improving it's airports though, they're developing fast.
Moscow hasn't even started devoliping...

when they do, even London's airports will seem,, well, like just an amateur aeroclub landing strips compared to Moscow;)
Kommandant Mark said:
Moscow hasn't even started devoliping...

when they do, even London's airports will seem,, well, like just an amateur aeroclub landing strips compared to Moscow;)
lol, typical, not surprised to be frank, if you had any idea you'd relies London has largest number of air-passengers than any other city on planet, 108 million ppl used London airports in 2002, don't have figures for 2004.

And it is expected only Heathrow Airport be handling 100 million passengers in 2020, but this is Moscow airport thread so I want talk about London. sorry Muscovites for intruding...
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Now this is interesting....with current growth rates, Moscow's airports will serve these "60 to 65 million" by 2010, not 2020:cheers:
Домодедово - 18 750 000 (+22%)
Шереметьево - 14 040 000 (+10%)
Внуково - 6 789 000 (+32,3%)

In 2007 total passenger traffic in all Moscow's airports was 39,579,000. 60-65 million by 2020 sounds fairly realistic.
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it will surely be much earlier than 2020. Perhaps not 2010 but something like 2012 would be very likely. I only worry the airport expansion is moving way too slow in Moscow and they might soon be unable to meet the demand for air travel with their current and projected future capacity. But that might also be a good thing as this will encourage development of regional airport and direct point-to-point flights within Russia and CIS
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Wait till you see the boom after Russia joins EU.:D That's just a joke, guys, so don't behead me.:jk:

Anyway, I'm a bit sick of this "Moscow will be the center of the Univers by 20nn" crap. Moscow will be up there in the big league and in some respects already is, but please try and be objective. Although I know your childish views, the US and UK will not just collapse and turn to dust... so please get back on Earth, will you?;)

Now, to be back on topic... probably the biggest leap forward will be made by Vnukovo, am I right? Also the 2020 expansion plan for Domodedovo looks great.

And a question... how many airports (including military) are in Moscow Oblast? Is Sheremetyevo within Moscow proper?:)
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the real boom will happen when low-cost airlines finally arrive in Russia, Ukraine and the CIS in general. At the moment they are practically non-existent. But I am wondering if Moscow will ever overtake London to become Europe's largest aviation hub.

Sheremetyevo is in Moscow proper. Altogether in and around Moscow there are at least 5 passenger airports, one research institution, one aviation museum, plus a number of cargo, military and general aviation airfields. Maybe some Muscovites can tell you the exact number
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