On 25 October, Sheremetyevo International Airport held a large-scale presentation and press tour with the participation of Director General of “MASH” JSC M.M. Vasilenko, other senior airport executives, and partner companies to present the development programme for its main facilities, which will be complete in time for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The main federal channels, top-rated socio-political, business and media industry, as well as leading experts and top bloggers, also attended the event.
“The implementation of the Sheremetyevo development programme will help us become one of the largest passenger and cargo hubs in the world,” explains M.M Vasilenko, Director General of MASH JSC. “This will increase the attractiveness of Moscow as an international financial centre and raise the level of competitiveness of our country as a whole. It is important to note that the airport development has an increasing impact on the economy of the Moscow region, where we are both a significant industrial growth driver and a logistic centre, and the largest taxpayer, and an attractive employer.”
Russia’s largest airport by both passenger and cargo traffic has developed an ambitious long-term development and modernisation programme. Scheduled for 2026, the plan will ensure sustainable growth of the primary carrier Aeroflot, its strategic partner Volga-Dnepr and other airlines. By this period, airport capacity would have reached 80 million passengers per year.
The most important stage of the programme is the airport’s preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. By 2018, the airport is planning the commissioning of Terminal B, an inter-terminal passage, new cargo and fuelling complexes, independent third runway RW-3, expansion of the Starosheremetevskoe highway, and reconstruction of Terminal C.
One unique and innovative project is the inter-terminal passage with tunnels to connect all of the airport’s passenger terminals. For the first time, in any airport around the world, passengers and baggage will be transported under the existing runways. Access to the inter-terminal passage will be enabled through comfortable station complexes. $245 million (€207m) will be invested in the inter-terminal passage.
The automated system of passenger transportation will handle at least 11.5 million passengers a year, and the baggage system 5.9 million bags per year. The passenger travel time between the North Terminal Complex and the South Terminal Complex will take no longer than five minutes.
The new $305 million (€287m) Terminal B, with an estimated capacity of 20 million passengers per year and a total building area of 114,00osqm, will become the main air terminal for the Sheremetyevo internal line passengers. The automated integrated baggage handling system of the new terminal will allow processing of up to 4,800 bags per hour.
Moreover, the architectural solution of the new Terminal B will be implemented in the aesthetics of Russian Constructivism. Three business rooms of a total area of 4,000sqm, 250-300 seats each, and a VIP room with a planned area of 1,600sqm will be available for passengers. VIP airport lounge Merkurij (Mercury) will be available for passengers with reduced mobility. The new terminal will be connected to the pedestrian gallery with a 2,500-space multi-storey car park.
After commissioning of the first line, the new cargo complex, worth $85 million (€80m), will be able to handle up to 380,000 tons of cargo per year. In future, thanks to the modular design of the complex, its capacity can be increased up to one million tons of cargo per year. Total area of the new cargo terminal will be 47,000sqm.
What is more, the new cargo complex will be fitted with advanced technology allowing cargo storage and handling in the airport cargo terminal to become the first automated cargo system in Russia. The complex will be equipped with 28 points for cargo receipt and delivery, and 17 conveyor lines with access to the airport.
Overall, the total volume of private investment in the construction of these facilities will exceed $865 million (€813m). Implementation of development projects will open a new stage in Sheremetyevo’s history. By 2018, the airport’s performance will have been significantly improved:
- The total number of take-off and landing operations using three runways will increase from 55 to 90 per hour;
- The total capacity of the terminal will increase from 9,008 to 13,118 passengers per hour;
- The annual airport capacity will have increased to 55 million passengers by 2018.
Sheremetyevo’s transformation into a comfortable efficient passenger and cargo hub – a strong competitor of the leading hubs in Europe – meets the growing needs of the market and creates favourable conditions for the long-term development of Aeroflot PJSC, Volga-Dnepr GC, and other aviation partners.