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Moscow is served by 3 international airports, Domodedovo, Sheremetyevo and Vnukovo.
All of them are now in a process of reconstruction, expanding and building
new Terminals and Rail Links to the centre of Moscow.


Domodedovo International Airport (DME)


Domodedovo International Airport is Russia's largest airport that holds the leading positions among Moscow area airports in terms of passenger traffic. Overall passenger throughput at Domodedovo in 2006 reached 15.4 million passengers, a 10.1% increase over the same period of 2005. Such a significant growth was supported by the launch of services from the airport by new airlines, the reconstruction of the airport facilities, implementation of new technologies as well as enhancement of customer services.

According to last results DME maintains leadership in the Moscow aviation hub in terms of the number of passengers serviced in 2008. The general passenger turnover of the airport in 2008 amounted to 20 437 516 people, which is a 9,0% increase over 2007. Currently 78 carriers operate flights from and to Domodedovo on 207 destinations worldwide. Amongst them are 37 international carriers, 27 Russian, 14 from the CIS. The route network covered by DME’s partner airlines is quite unique: 84 destinations can be reached only and exclusively from Domodedovo in the Moscow aviation hub. In 2004, the EAST LINE Group initiated implementation of a large-scale project designed to expand and modernize the Domodedovo passenger terminal.



The exterior and the interior of the passenger terminal have been completely overhauled since 2004. The Domodedovo airport terminal is also the only terminal in Russia that has been certified in compliance with the ISO 9001:2000 international quality standard and categorized as “C” in compliance with the classification of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

27 restaurants and cafes, 46 retail outlets as well as a round-the-clock Internet-center with comfortably appointed workstations are at passengers’ disposal. Wireless Internet access (Wi-Fi) is available in the business hall, the VIP hall, and in waiting rooms located after passport control of the International zone on the first and second floors.

There is a DVD cinema in the waiting room that offers a pleasant and comfortable movie-going experience. A Duty Free zone operates in the international sector.

According to plans, in 2007, the first stage of the terminal reconstruction is to be completed and its area is to reach 220,000 square meters. The number of check-in counters will be increased up to 132, which will help to significantly enhance the capacity of the terminal. In 2007 the first stage of the construction of “Domodedovo Plaza” trade and entertainment center will be completed. Domodedovo offers passengers different options to check-in for a flight, which include inter alia check-in at late passengers counters or counters for passengers traveling without luggage. There are also counters for outsized luggage.

Believers can visit the Archangel Michael Orthodox chapel and the “Safar” mosque (“Safar” is Arabic for “journey”) on the second floor of the terminal.

Of all the Moscow airports, Domodedovo is provided with the best quality ground transportation system. The airport is connected with the capital by a speedway that enables passengers to arrive at the airport on time for their flights, whether they use their own vehicles or public transit (route taxies, express buses). The airport is also connected with the capital by a railway. The Rapid Transport System (RTS) transports passengers from the downtown airport terminal located in the building of the Paveletsky railway station to Domodedovo airport and back. The terminal operates eight check-in counters.











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Domodedovo is a great airport and as good as anything in Europe, i was there again this Tuesday (now back in old blighty), i have been to Sheremetyevo many times but always prefer Domodedovo, mainly because S7 operate out of there to Samara and there are many good flight deals to Domodedovo from UK, also its much more modern and you don't have the hassle of switching between terminals 1 and 2 as in Sheremetyevo.

Coming back into Heathrow i was suprised by all the new security measures, i think i passed through atleast 5 security checks, all very good but really they are missing the point, most ilegal immigrants just come across the water and not by plane.

Its a shame they couldn't have invested a little more in the way of decent information to guide their customers around this airport, ie more Computer screens for gates and a few extra direction signs and maybe in alternative European languages to help our foreign guests, atleast French and German. UK airports designers are so obsessed with their wonderful hi-tech futurastic designs that they forget the basic job of actually making it easy for people to move about quickly, you can walk a bloody long way in the wrong direction in this place. The only thing worse than UK airports is our train stations, how complicated it is to find information quickly, god help how foreigners with basic or no English cope.


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Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO)



Sheremetyevo was opened on 11 August 1959. Sheremetyevo-1 (used by domestic flights) was opened on 3 September 1964. Sheremetyevo-2, the larger of the two terminals, opened on 1 January 1980 for the Moscow Olympics and is the arrival and departure point for international flights. Flights to cities in Russia and charter flights arrive and depart from Sheremetyevo-1.



Sheremetyevo International - Terminal 2


Upgrading the airport will include construction of a new terminal, Sheremetyevo-3 (Terminal A), served by Sheremetyevo's anchor tenant Aeroflot and its SkyTeam partners (Air France, Alitalia, CSA, Delta Airlines, KLM and Korean Air). Date of completion is summer 2009, by that time more than 15 million passengers a year will be passing through Sheremetyevo's various terminals.

A brand new Terminal C, costing an estimated US$87.7 million is now completed beside the old Terminal 1 and has welcomed its first passengers. The terminal is painted in the new Sheremetyevo orange color scheme. This terminal is to have capacity for 5 million passengers per year and 40,000-square-meter of floor space. The old Terminal 1 (or Sheremetyevo-1) currently caters mainly to internal flights. It will be refurbished as a terminal for business jets.

Terminal 2 major reconstruction was started on 10 February 2008 and is scheduled for completion by 2010 where a new section connecting Terminal A and the Old Terminal 2 will open, it will be known as Terminal 2A. After the reconstruction, which is reported to cost $310 million, its capacity is to be more than doubled, from 8 million to 18 million passengers per year, and it will be capable of servicing the giant Airbus A380. Two new wings are to be constructed for more passenger and aircraft room. One of the wings will also serve as a connector to Terminal A. The entire terminal will be expanded and fully remodeled for passenger comfort. New shops and restaurants, as well as brand new VIP lounges are to be constructed. A new parking area for aircraft will also be built for more aircraft capacity. The new car parking lot will be built in front of the terminal to increase car capacity. A new International Business Center is also being constructed for offices and other facilities. The airport's two runways are set for major reconstruction, including widening and resurfacing. Government also has reserved a piece of land by the airport for a future third runway. Later all terminals will be marked as: A,B,C.



Sheremetyevo International - Terminal 2



Sheremetyevo International - Terminal 2

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Sheremetyevo International Airport Terminal 3 D(SVO)


Terminal 3 (D) of Sheremetyevo airport. Started operation in August 2009. After completion, terminal D will daily serve 171 flights, 53 domestic and 53 international flights by Aeroflot + daily 55 international flights by Aeroflot Skyteam partners and other partners.

“The Sheremetyevo-3 terminal will become the alliance’s Russian hub,” the company’s press service told Itar-Tass. “Both internal and international flights of Aeroflot will be transferred to it, as well as flights of SkyTeam air companies.” The terminal’s construction will be completed in the third quarter of this year.

The terminal is expected to receive up to 12 million passengers a year, factually doubling the capacity of the northern air hub of the Russian capital.

Passengers will be serviced at 143 check-in counters, including 24 self-service check-in counters and 30 check-in counters for transfer passengers and oversized baggage.

The new terminal will use the system of baggage identification with the use of radio frequency tugs (Radio Frequency Identification) that will make to reduce by 90 percent of average the time of baggage registration.

Passengers will have at their disposal 6 high comfort halls, 5 children’s rooms, 25 shops and 18 catering establishments working round the clock.

“For the original architectural design the Sheremetyevo-3 terminal project was given an independent award in the sphere of Russian architecture and development – ARX Awards in the nomination “the best transport infrastructure facility,” the air company said.

SkyTeam™ is the second largest airline alliance in the world - behind Star Alliance - partnering fourteen carriers from four continents. SkyTeam also operates a cargo alliance called SkyTeam Cargo.

When the merger of Northwest Airlines with Delta Air Lines is complete, SkyTeam will consist of 10 full members (and 3 associate members). Once Continental Airlines and Copa Airlines both depart SkyTeam on 24 October 2009 (with Continental Airlines joining Star Alliance on the next day), only 9 full members and 2 associate members will remain. However, the joining of Vietnam Airlines in early 2010 will bring the total number of full member airlines in the alliance back up to 10.













Terminal D will become Aeroflot’s base. The new terminal will be home to almost all Aeroflot’s flights, both domestic and international, as well as the flights by SkyTeam members and partner carriers.

Terminal D will provide passengers with servicing level satisfying the highest international standards. The terminal will be able to handle 12 million passengers a year, practically doubling the throughput capacity of Sheremetyevo.

Terminal D is the best airport terminal on the post-Soviet territory and in the Eastern Europe. The Terminal has already become a laureate of ‘ARX Awards’, an independent award in the sphere of the Russian architecture and development: the original architectural solution won in the nomination ‘Best Transport Infrastructure Object’.


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Vnukovo International Airport (VKO)

Vnukovo International Airport is one of the largest air transportation hubs in Russia ranking third in terms of passenger numbers. The Airport’s two passenger terminals offer a total capacity of 6800 pax. per hour with two hundred airlines from all over Russia, the CIS, and beyond.



There is a high-speed rail link between Train Station in downtown Moscow and the Airport’s passenger terminals. A comfortable train will zoom you to the Airport in half an hour’s time and deposit you on an underground station’s platform with escalator- and elevator-equipped exits. The station is located in the Airport's forecourt area, within a short walking distance from both the mainline passenger terminals. In the near future the Vnukovo Express passengers will be exiting directly into the soon-to-be built sprawling new International Terminal A.



The sprawling terminal building will be located on the site of the existing domestic passenger terminal with the floor area substantially increased and put to maximum efficient use. The new Terminal A will also serve as a springboard for the subsequent development of the entire adjacent landside area both next to the Terminal and farther out toward Vnukovo Settlement.

The existing new passenger Terminal B, which opened in 2004, currently handles international passengers whereas in the future it shall be converted to handle domestic flights or fulfill any other dedicated function to be determined at a later date.

The oldest of the Vnukovo passenger terminals built as far back as in 1941 will have been dismantled by the time the construction of the new one goes ahead.



The existing Domestic Terminal 2 built in the late 70’s will continue in operation until its eventual dismantling during the last phase of construction and replacement with the new terminal.

The new passenger Terminal A shall have a total floor space offer of 201000 square meters and passenger throughput capacity of 7800 pax. per hour, adding up to 18-20 million passengers to be served by the Airport annually. This will open up a plethora of opportunities for the tenant airlines to expand and radically improve the quality of their customer service at the Airport and ensure the introduction of international-quality service and comfort overall.

The new Terminal's one-of-a-kind architectural design is bound to make it a landmark and one of Moscow’s calling cards as it were. The terminal will be seamlessly integrated into the Airport’s existing time-proven layout and infrastructure.

The new terminal building was conceived and designed as a unique structure to blend into the Airport’s existing infrastructure harmoniously as well as functionally.



The optimally designed layout of the terminal apron area will feature 36 boarding gates, all of them airbridge-capable thus maximizing the number of flights served through airbridges as opposed to those handled on remote stands. The tennis racket-shaped, 180 meter-wide by 510 meter-long building will integrate all the departure and arrival operations also providing ample room for business-class lounges and services for departing passengers. Thanks to the Terminal’s modular structure the passengers will find it easy to navigate and will be able to intuitively locate and access required areas. The Terminal’s main concourse 340 meters long by 85meters wide and comprising 4 levels will provide the confluence point of all the necessary operations and services. The modular parts that are the backbone of the terminal’s functionality and contribute to its unique, trademark look are divided down the length of the whole structure by a central sky-blue dome-shaped glass piece.



The forecourt elevated roadway in the departure area will be covered by an overhanging glass awning to shelter curbside traffic from the changeable Moscow weather. Also for added curbside pedestrian traffic comfort and security there will be provided underground crossings and overhead passageways from the ground-level curbside area onto the upper levels of the terminal. The protruding structure of glass by way of a logical extension of the terminal building will fit well into the adjoining landside area and reach out toward the Settlement of Vnukovo, also accentuating the terminal building’s central façade part.

The preferred color option and the construction materials to be used in the project shall be those of sky-blue glass in combination with light metallic color façade, which will give the terminal a modern and international look and will be suggesting pleasant emotional parallels with the sky, aircraft and flying in general.

All the major functions requisite in a passenger terminal and issues relating to its day-to-day operation as outlined in the applicable international standards and specifications as well as in those of the domestic governmental and municipal agencies have been clearly formulated and incorporated into the concept.

The greater part of the Terminal’s concourse areas will be allocated for centralized (airline non-specific) passenger check-in, offering however plenty of extra room for airlines’ and air alliances’ dedicated check-in facilities. The interior layout will be planned and arranged in such a manner as to provide a clear and intuitive wayfinding system for the passenger.

The common access concourse areas as well as those for exclusive use by ticketed passengers shall feature numerous shopping and dining outlets. Thanks to the original design of the ceiling and panoramic views of the apron from inside the Terminal, the inner concourses will always have plenty of natural light to complement their own powerful lighting system.











The new Terminal




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Sheremetyevo Terminal 3, Sheremetyevo Terminal D.

The terminal goes by both names, although it is looking more and more that Terminal D is going to be the name in common usage.

Aeroflot is in the process of moving all its flights to the new terminal, this is being done gradually so at the moment (just to be safe) it is best to check and ensure that your flight is actually leaving from the new terminal.

Domestic departure.
Quite a nice surprise.

Upon entry to the terminal there is a huge electronic with details of all the flights and the associated check-in desks and quite clear signs as to which direction to go to get to the associated desk.

OK the terminal is a bit of a barn and there are still quite a few facilities with “opening soon signs”.

The building is a modern building with plenty of check-in desks and no longer the nightmare of Sheremetyevo 1 where you had to wait until ½ an hour before your check-in before you were allowed to access the check-in desks and then you had to queue up behind Russian babushkas with more bags than you thought possible in order for some jackbooted security individual to check your ticket and allow you to access the check-in desks.

After the check-in the normal check of boarding passes before you go through the security.

The security check is quite badly organised.
It is a free for all; a tug of war trying to grab the plastic boxes needed for coats/jackets and shoes.

Once through security there are two bars/cafés on the right an Irish bar that has an area allocated to smokers, on the left a smoker free café and there is also another smoker’s area on the right. There are also quite a few seats near the gates.

All in all, a vast improvement on Sh1ttyyevo 1.

There is also an International section but as of yet I have not had the chance to fly International from the new terminal.

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Just some info for Terminal 3


We arrived from London at the new terminal and we disembarged on floor 2. Walked for miles before arriving on the central hall and there the same old story. Very few open immigration desks .....but after 40 + minutes we were out.

So we take the moving steps..... to he ground floor (1 floor for Russia) collect our luggage and then looking for directions to Terminal F.

No signs anywhere and the information desk closed.

So thanks to a taxi driver.... we were advised to take the lift to 3rd floor....and there were the departures.... [confused.gif]

Inside the departures lounch just a few shops, and one Irish bar where you can drink and smoke.

Flight Information screens very small....and nothing special to report.

They need a lot of time to fine tune this airport. [rolf.gif]

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Good place to pre-purchase your express train tickets to / from Moscow's airports

http://www.aeroexpress.ru/en/


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Terminal D international departure info


Just adding a little bit about the international departure area, the domestic area is as Wiz described. Maybe the information signs are a tad better now overall, but it is still confusing when you arrive and need to get to the departure area after picking up your bags.

First, one major improvement compared to Terminal F is that you can most likely check into your flight early - no need to wait for a specific check-in counter to open since Aeroflot are using combined check-in counters. If you have a long wait between your flights this is a big deal, it sucks to be stuck in the check-in area encumbered with baggage for hours and hours.

Passport & Security check for departure was pretty crappy for a new terminal, maybe a little better than Terminal F.

Once on the inside, most of the shops are still closed, but it looks like they might be opening soon since the interiors looked very close to complete (branded shelves for cosmetics, etc). Only a couple of small shops with souvenirs and assorted goods and a small cosmetic / booze / chocolate shop were open as far as I could see (at least in the upstairs area).

Food offerings are similar to that of Terminal F, a couple of "TGI Friday's", "Flammen", "Upper Crust", another coffee shop I don't remember the name of and a pub.

The waiting areas are ok, pretty standard stuff. One big improvement is the enclosed smoking areas. There was a lot of free seats, but that will probably change once they are 100% up to speed. It might have been somewhat affected by the current situation in Moscow as well.

There was even free WiFi, even though it was ridiculously slow. Yay!

All in all, certainly an improvement over the other terminals and great not having to transfer between terminals. I am a little puzzled that things were not a bit more streamlined in the security check & passport control areas.


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Terminal D international departure info

First, one major improvement compared to Terminal F is that you can most likely check into your flight early - no need to wait for a specific check-in counter to open since Aeroflot are using combined check-in counters. If you have a long wait between your flights this is a big deal, it sucks to be stuck in the check-in area encumbered with baggage for hours and hours.

Passport & Security check for departure was pretty crappy for a new terminal, maybe a little better than Terminal F.

All in all, certainly an improvement over the other terminals and great not having to transfer between terminals. I am a little puzzled that things were not a bit more streamlined in the security check & passport control areas.

Are you referring to Terminal SVO1 & 2 when you say Terminal F?

As you know both Domestic and International departures are on the same building but different floors, so for the hell of me I can't understand why they have to name it as D & F?

Domestic and International checking desks would be very easy to follow... adding a few more correct sign posts.

Yes it's better because you can check earlier and not wait for your flight desk to open.... like SVO1. [sad.gif]

I am sure you know that when Russians build something they do not make it to make people life more comfortable.....but more difficult! [biggrin.gif]

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