Domodedovo International Airport
Domodedovo International Airport can be found 35 km south of the center of Moscow, Russia. In total Moscow has seven airports of which Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo International Airport were rated as the main two in Russia in a review carried out in 2006. However, in terms of international and domestic passenger traffic, Domodedovo is clearly ahead of Sheremetyevo with a record turnover of 15.3 million passengers in 2006 alone.
Domodedovo was officially opened in mid 1965 as an airport that would eventually be able to handle all of the USSR’s long-distance domestic traffic as it would be expanded over the years. Eighteen months after the first runway had been put in place a second one was built parallel to the first one. Domodedovo is the first airport in Russia to have two parallel runways operating at the same time. The recently new air traffic control tower has been redeveloped and can now handle as many as 70 take offs and landings every hour.
Beginning in 1996, the East Line Group had given the Domodedovo Airport a 75-year lease while still under state control. The East Line Group has undertaken a number of reconstruction and renovation projects to make the customs area more easily accessible to the passengers, providing visitor facilities, and making it easier to maintain high standards of cleanliness.
Within the airport terminal are five-business departure lounges, each designated to and cared for by individual airlines. Passengers can go to and from Moscow to the Domodedovo International Airport using the Aeroexpress train taking them to the Paveletsky Rail Terminal. The journey lasts approximately 40 minutes and airline passengers have the luxury of being able to check in for their flight at the station.
The EAST LINE’s goal is to establish Domodedovo as one of the major international airports while being able to provide various transportation options for passengers. The airport has benefited immensely from being so close to the Russian capital of Moscow. It also has approximately 13,600ha of land around the actual airport that has been kept for further development and can allow another seven runways to be built for the future.