The strategic objective of Sheremetyevo International Airport is to become the best air hub in Europe in terms of passenger service quality by 2015, to increase passenger traffic up to 35 million people and to increase the share of non-aviation activities up to 60% of its total revenue. To achieve this goal, the airport implements a large-scale reconstruction and modernization program.
Sheremetyevo International Airport is Russia’s first airport to introduce a comprehensive plan of the future development until 2030. The Sheremetyevo’s master plan developed in cooperation with Scott&Wilson British company stipulates the increase of the airport handling capacity up to 64 million people, as well as the transit flow increase up to 25% by the year 2030. As a result of implementation of the master plan and the long term development strategy, Sheremetyevo Airport, together with the adjacent territory, will become a powerful economic driver, a modern aerotropolis with a well-developed infrastructure and an attractive place of employment for thousands of the Moscow region citizens.
In 2008, the reconstruction of the second take-off and landing strip (TLS-2) was completed. TLS-2 length is 3,700 meters. Modernization of the airfield is now being continued, as well as implementation of the infrastructure projects.
In 2010, South Terminal Complex (STC) integrating new terminals D and E, modernized terminal F and Aeroexpress railroad terminal was commissioned within the framework of implementation of first phase of the Sheremetyevo’s master-plan. The terminals are connected by means of pedestrian galleries equipped with travelators and located in publicly available and “clear” zones, which allows the passengers to move freely and conveniently around the complex.
The Sheremetyevo’s master-plan also stipulates the development of the airport’s northern sector with an expected capacity of about 45 million passengers a year. In the northern part of Sheremetyevo Airport it is expected to create the second maneuvering area and to construct an independent third take-off and landing strip (TLS-3). With the construction of TLS-3, the passenger terminals’ handling capacity will be adjusted in line with the airfield capacity, which will create the necessary conditions for dynamic development of Aeroflot, the company based at the airport, and other air carries, and also help Sheremetyevo Airport to become one of the largest international hubs.
At the Terminal B it is expected to create a new comfortable high-tech air terminal complex. The reconstruction of the Terminal B as well as the new air terminal complex construction will be implemented gradually, in line with the passenger traffic growth rates.
As the result, a large air terminal complex capable of providing international and domestic flights connection will open in the northern part of the airport.
The Sheremetyevo Airport is actively developing business aviation segment: by the year 2030 it is expected to handle up to 36 thousand aircraft movements annually.
In January of 2012, Terminal A intended for business aviation passenger service opened in the northern part of Sheremetyevo Airport. The new terminal includes a complete range of services for business aviation customers and will help to substantially increase the number of premium-class passengers at Sheremetyevo. A total area of the terminal is 3,000 sq. m, and its annual handling capacity is about 75,000 passengers.
The master plan stipulates the construction of a new multimodal cargo complex, which will meet all applicable international standards of cargo handling. The area of the cargo complex is expected to be about 20,000 sq. m. Total cargo traffic of the Airport by 2030 will be more than 1 million tons of cargo annually. This will enhance the attractiveness of Moscow as an international transit air hub and generally raise Russia’s competitiveness.
Airport Construction and Reconstruction Stages
Today Sheremetyevo International Airport is the biggest Russian airport complex (its area is about 500,000 sq. m, the capacity is 35 million passengers annually).
In the spring of 2007, a new international Terminal C with a four-level parking facility for 2,500 cars was opened. On March 12, 2007, the Terminal C handled its first flight Vilnius — Moscow (Sheremetyevo) — Vilnius. The Terminal C is the world’s first air terminal complex constructed in as little as one year, which is a great achievement. The handling capacity of this world-class terminal is 5 million passengers a year, or 1,500 passengers per hour. Terminal B (formerly known as Sheremetyevo-1) is located to the left of it.
In 2008, the Sheremetyevo Airport completed a construction project and commissioned a number of infrastructure objects. In spring, a modern railway station Aeroexpress was built, and a direct railway communication en-route Moscow — Sheremetyevo was opened. Travel time from Moscow to the airport is 35 minutes.
In 2008, the reconstruction of the second take-off and landing strip (TLS-2) was completed. TLS-2 length is 3,700 meters. All types of aircraft, including the Airbus-380, can take off and land on it.
In December 2008, a business aviation hangar facility capable of providing a complete maintenance of business jets offered its premium-class services.
In 2009, a large scale work on the technological modernization and optimization of internal space of Terminal F (formerly known as Sheremetyevo 2) was conducted. In particular, the “sterile zone” of the air terminal complex was extended by 4,000 sq. m, and the passengers became able to move freely around the whole “clear zone” of the terminal and visit waiting areas, numerous Duty Free shops, restaurants, bars and salons shortly before boarding. Works on increasing the capacity of the Terminal F transfer zone (right wing) have been conducted. As a result of the introduction of new screening equipment the transfer zone capacity has doubled to reach as many as 300 passengers per hour. As the result, a significant reduction of passenger service time was noted in the transfer zone of South Terminal Complex, to which the Terminal F belongs.
In autumn 2009, Terminal D was commissioned (its area is 172,000 sq. m, handling capacity is 12 million passengers annually). The air terminal complex is designed to service the flights of Aeroflot and its Sky Team alliance partners.
In spring 2010, a modern international Terminal E was opened at the Airport; its total area is 76,000 sq. m and its annual handling capacity is more than 7 million passengers. The new Terminal unified Terminals D, F and Aeroexpress railway station into an integrated South Terminal Complex (STC). The total area of STC is more than 400,000 sq. m, and its annual handling capacity is 25 million passengers. The Duty Free area has also become unified. Here, the passengers can do shopping in numerous duty free shops, enjoy a high quality service and a wide range of goods, including luxury products. The integrated complex creates all the necessary conditions for the development of Sheremetyevo Airport as the leading air hub in Russia and Eastern Europe.
In 2012, Terminal A intended for business aviation passenger service and located in the northern part of Sheremetyevo Airport was officially set into operation. The air terminal complex includes a complete range of services for business aviation customers. A total area of the terminal is 3,000 sq. m, and its annual handling capacity is about 75,000 passengers.
The implementation of Sheremetyevo Airport’s long-term plans contributes to the improvement of passenger and airlines service quality, has a positive impact on strengthening the economic stability in the region and contributes to the social welfare of the north-west area of Moscow region.
As a result of the modernization program, Sheremetyevo International Airport is to become one of the leading air hubs in Europe, which will enhance the attractiveness of Moscow as a prospective international financial center and generally raise Russia’s competitiveness.