Published on : Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Moscow now has four international airports with the addition of the new and latest one named Zhukovsky located some 40 km southeast of Moscow, reports China’s Xinhua news agency.
The new airport was built on the basis of a major airfield used by military aircraft, cargo planes and aircraft of the Emergency Situations Ministry.
“Our main task today is to complete raising Zhukovsky airport to the international level in terms of passenger traffic, as well as providing high-quality passenger service, air freight and logistics for companies, shippers and consignees,” Rostec CEO Sergei Chemezov said in a statement.
Rostec is Russian state technology corporation which controls 25 per cent of the airport’s development project.
The new airport is meant to service low-cost, cargo and charter airlines.
The territory of the airport with a 5.5 km runway occupies a total area of 17,600 square km and is capable of servicing 2 million passengers a year.
This number will rise to 6 million passengers in 2017 and to 12 million passengers in 2020, when the total area occupied by cargo and passenger terminals will reach 60,000 square km, the statement said, adding that hotel and shopping mall would also be built.