|Sheremetyevo International Airport
Международный аэропорт Шереметьево
Mezhdunarodnyĭ aėroport Sheremet'evo
|Operator||International Airport Sheremetyevo|
|Location||Molzhaninovsky District, Northern Administrative Okrug, Moscow|
|Elevation AMSL||192 m / 622 ft|
Sources: Sheremetyevo airport 
Sheremetyevo International Airport (Russian: Международный аэропорт Шереметьево, IPA: [ʂɨrʲɪˈmʲetʲjɪvə]) (IATA: SVO, ICAO: UUEE) is an international airport located in Molzhaninovsky District, Northern Administrative Okrug, Moscow, Russia, 29 km (18 mi) northwest of central Moscow. It is a hub for passenger operations of the Russian international airline Aeroflot, and is one of the three major airports that serve Moscow, along with Domodedovo International Airport and Vnukovo International Airport (the IATA city code for Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo, and Vnukovo is MOW). In 2017, the airport handled 40,093,000 passengers and 308,090 aircraft movements, making the airport the busiest in the Russian Federation and former USSR.
The airport was originally built as a military airfield called Sheremetyevsky (Russian: Шереметьевский) named after a settlement with the same name. The decree about the construction of the Central Airdrome of the Air Force near the settlement of Chashnikovo (Russian: Чашниково) on the outskirts of Moscow was issued on September 1, 1953 by the Council of Ministers of the Soviet Union. The airport became operational on October 7, 1957 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the October Revolution.
After it was decided to turn the airport into a civilian one, Sheremetyevo was opened on 11 August 1959; the first international flight took place on 1 June 1960 to Berlin Schönefeld Airport. The new airport received its name for two nearby venues: the village of Sheremetyevsky and the Savelov station on the railway of the same name. Sheremetyevo-1 (used by domestic flights) was opened on 3 September 1964. On 12 September 1967, the first scheduled passenger flight of the Tupolev Tu-134 departed from Sheremetyevo (to Stockholm), followed by the first scheduled flight of the Ilyushin Il-62 (to Montreal) on 15 September. Sheremetyevo-2, the larger of the two terminal complexes, opened on 1 January 1980 for the 1980 Summer Olympics. It was built according to the principles of design of Hannover-Langenhagen Airport and was the arrival and departure point for international flights. Flights to cities in Russia and charter flights arrived and departed from Sheremetyevo-1. There is no physical connection between the two terminal complexes; they are essentially separate airports that use the same set of runways. Pulkovo Airport in Saint Petersburg; Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport in Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota; Sydney Airport in New South Wales, Australia; Perth Airport in Western Australia; Ferihegy in Budapest; Sofia International Airport in Bulgaria and Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, Philippines are other examples.
In the 2000s, Sheremetyevo saw growing competition from a newer and more comfortable Domodedovo International Airport. With major airlines leaving Sheremetyevo (most notably, Lufthansa, El Al, British Airways, Iberia, Japan Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Austrian Airlines, and Swiss International Air Lines), the need for reconstruction had become evermore evident.
Since 3 July 2010, a walkway opened between Terminals D, E, F, and the Aeroexpress railway terminal on the public access side. Since 2 November 2010, a walkway opened between Terminals D, E, and F on the security side. Both of these simplify transfer between transit flights. After the reconstruction, the southern complex of the airport (terminals D, E and F) will be able to receive up to 25 million passengers annually. Ultimately, after the northern part of the airport is reconstructed, the airport will have the capacity to receive 40 million passengers annually. Since December 25, 2009, all terminals have been identified by letters (Latin characters) as opposed to numbers. In December 2011, a new Area control center (ACC) was opened. It consolidates the gathering, monitoring, and control of the airport's different control centres across all of the organizations that affect its efficient operation. The Situational Center also forms part of the airport control center. SC is intended for joint work of top-managers, heads of state bodies, and partners of Sheremetyevo. It is activated only in the case of an emergency.
A 20-year master plan (until 2025) that includes the incorporation of Terminal 3, the construction of a third runway, and the phased expansion of the airport, was developed in September 2008. The master plan aims to create a strategy for long-term land development. The Ministry of Transport has granted approximately $2bn from the Federal budget and $1bn from non-budgetary funds for the upgrade project. The contract to prepare the airport master plan was awarded to Scott Wilson Group. Additionally, the airport's two runways are set for major reconstruction, including widening and resurfacing. The Moscow Oblast government has reserved adjacent land for a future third runway.
In February 2016, the Russian government transferred a 68% stake in Sheremetyevo airport to TPS Avia, a company jointly owned by businessman Arkady Rotenberg on condition the firm invest USD840 million to upgrade and expand the airport's infrastructure.
Sheremetyevo International Airport has four operating passenger terminals and one special terminal reserved for the use of private and business aviation. The airport's terminals are divided into two groups based on geographical location: the north and south terminal areas. The two terminal areas are linked by regular internal and external bus services.
Opened in 2012 to the east of Terminal B, Terminal A is used for the servicing of business and private aviation. Twenty-two remote stands, which previously made up the 'Western Sector' of Terminal B, now belong to Terminal A.
Terminal B, previously Sheremetyevo-1, catered mainly to internal low-cost flights. The terminal had 64 remote aircraft stands, including 8 stands used for the maintenance of Aeroflot aircraft, and five in the 'Eastern Sector' which were used to service cargo flights. Located in the northern part of the airport, the terminal was put into operation in 1964. It was divided into two buildings: the arrival hall zone and departures area. Terminal B was remarkable for its architecturally unique and unusual spaceship-like gate area, which was connected to the main building by a passenger footbridge. The terminal's design was masterminded by a project team working under the guidance of architects and G Elkin Yu Kryukov. The terminal was demolished in August 2015. Nevertheless, on October 2015, the construction of the new terminal building began. The terminal is going to be connected by Airport People Mover with Terminal D and the Aeroexpress railway station. The terminal was planned to be completed by December 2017 and will commence its passenger service in first quarter 2018. Compared to the previous terminal B, that was demolished, new terminal will have an increased passenger capacity of 20 million passengers and will serve domestic flights only.
Terminal C cost an estimated US$87.7 million to construct. It has 40,000 m2 (430,000 sq ft) of floorspace and has a capacity of 5 million passengers per year. The terminal now tends to handle flights of CIS carriers and charter airlines. On March 12, 2007, Sheremetyevo opened its first entirely new-build terminal for the servicing of international flights. Located in the northern part of the airport and adjacent to Terminal B, it has 30 check-in counters, 36 passport control booths, a three-level automatic baggage sorting system, and six air bridges. Terminal C is connected by way of an elevated pedestrian gallery with a multistory parking facility for 1,000 vehicles. In autumn 2008, an orthodox chapel (of Archangel Michael and the other Bodiless) was opened on the terminal's third (departures) floor. Terminal C was closed on April 1, 2017 it was planned that after renovation works and will then become integrated with the new Terminal B but as of 07/12/2017 the building was demolished.
Terminal D, opened in November 2009, is adjacent to Terminal F. The 172,000 m2 (1,850,000 sq ft) building is a hub for Aeroflot and its SkyTeam partners, with capacity for 12 million passengers per year. Aeroflot had been trying to implement the project of a new terminal (Sheremetyevo-3) since January 2001. However, construction only began in 2005, with commissioning of the complex finally taking place on 15 November 2009. The acquisition of its own terminal was a condition of Aeroflot's entry into the SkyTeam airline alliance, thus necessitating the construction. The main contractor for the build was a Turkish company Enka. Terminal D has 22 jetways and 11 remote stands. On November 15, 2009 at 9:15 a.m., the first flight from Terminal D (the new official name of Sheremetyevo-3) departed for the southern resort city of Sochi. Despite this, Aeroflot took a number of months (due to unexpected administrative delays) to transfer all of its international flights from Terminal F to D (a full transfer was originally planned for February 2010). Whilst previously Terminal D had remained a separate legal entity from the rest of Sheremetyevo Airport, in spring 2012, it became an integrated unit of "Sheremetyevo International Airport" JSC. As part of the deal, Aeroflot, VEB Bank, and VTB Bank, all of which had invested in the construction of Terminal D, became part shareholders in the airport as a whole. The basis for the architectural and artistic image of Terminal D is that of a giant swan with outstretched wings.
There is an official multi storey parking at Terminal D connected with the main building by means of a pedestrian bridge. The parking size is about 4100 lots, however it has a relatively dense layout, so in most cases it is difficult to get out of the car without hitting the neighbouring car.
Terminal E opened in 2010 as a capacity expansion project, connecting terminals D and F. The terminal's construction has allowed for the development of terminals D and F, as well as the railway station, into a single south terminal complex. The terminals of this complex are connected by a number of pedestrian walkways with travelators, thus allowing for passengers to move freely between its constituent facilities. In December 2010, a new chapel dedicated to St. Nicholas opened on the second floor of Terminal E. The terminal is used for international flights, primarily by Aeroflot and its SkyTeam partners. Terminal E has 8 jetway equipped gates. The V-Express Transit Hotel between security/passport check-ins provides short-term accommodations for passengers changing planes without having to present a visa for entering Russia. The hotel drew international attention in June 2013 when Edward Snowden checked into the hotel while seeking asylum.
Opened on May 6, 1980 for the Moscow Summer Olympics, Terminal F, previously Sheremetyevo-2, has 15 jetways and 21 remote aircraft stands. The terminal was designed to service 6 million passengers per year. Until the completion of Terminal C, it was Sheremetyevo's only terminal that was capable of adequately servicing international flights. The design is a larger version of the one of Hannover-Langenhagen Airport by the same architects. A major reconstruction of the terminal and its interior space was completed by late 2009. For the convenience of passengers, the departures lounge and Duty Free zone were thoroughly modernised, whilst a number of partition walls were removed to create extra retail and lounge space.
|Aeroflot||Abakan, Aktau, Aktobe, Alicante, Almaty, Amsterdam, Anapa, Antalya, Arkhangelsk, Astana, Astrakhan, Athens, Atyrau, Baku, Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Barcelona, Barnaul, Berlin–Schönefeld, Beijing–Capital, Beirut, Belgorod, Belgrade, Bishkek, Bologna, Brussels, Budapest, Bucharest, Copenhagen, Chelyabinsk, Chișinău, Delhi, Dresden, Dubai–International, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Guangzhou, Hamburg, Hanoi, Hanover, Havana, Helsinki, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Istanbul–Atatürk, Irkutsk, Kaliningrad, Karagandy, Kazan, Khanty–Mansiysk, Kemerovo, Khabarovsk, Kostanay, Krasnodar, Krasnoyarsk–Yemelyanovo, Larnaca, Lisbon, London–Gatwick (ends 25 March 2018), London–Heathrow, Los Angeles, Lyon, Madrid, Magadan, Magnitogorsk, Malé, Málaga, Miami, Milan–Malpensa, Mineralnye Vody, Minsk, Munich, Murmansk, New York–JFK, Nice, Nizhnekamsk, Nizhnevartovsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Novokuznetsk, Novosibirsk, Novy Urengoy, Omsk, Orenburg, Oslo–Gardermoen, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Perm, Petropavlovsk–Kamchatsky, Phuket, Prague, Riga, Rome–Fiumicino, Rostov-on-Don-Platov, Saint Petersburg, Salekhard, Samara, Saransk (begins 1 May 2018), Saratov, Samarkand, Seoul–Incheon, Shanghai–Pudong, Shymkent, Simferopol, Sochi, Sofia, Stockholm–Arlanda, Stuttgart, Surgut, Syktyvkar, Tallinn, Tashkent, Tbilisi, Tehran–Imam Khomeini, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Tenerife–South, Thessaloniki, Tivat, Tokyo–Narita, Tomsk, Tyumen, Ufa, Ulaanbaatar, Valencia, Venice–Marco Polo, Vienna, Vilnius, Voronezh, Vladivostok, Volgograd, Warsaw–Chopin, Washington–Dulles, Yakutsk, Yekaterinburg, Yerevan, Yuzhno–Sakhalinsk, Zagreb, Zürich
Seasonal: Burgas (begins 3 July 2018), Gelendzhik, Heraklion, Split
|Air Arabia||Sharjah (begins 1 March 2018)|
|Air Astana||Almaty, Astana, Atyrau|
|Air France||Paris–Charles de Gaulle|
Seasonal: Catania, Palermo
|Ariana Afghan Airlines||Kabul|
|Beijing Capital Airlines||Qingdao|
Seasonal: Burgas, Varna
|China Eastern Airlines||Shanghai–Pudong, Xi'an|
|China Southern Airlines||Guangzhou, Lanzhou, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Ürümqi|
|Cobalt Air||Larnaca (begins 26 March 2018)|
|Czech Airlines||Karlovy Vary, Prague|
Seasonal: Athens, Chania (begins 29 April 2018), Corfu, Kavala (begins 28 May 2018), Rhodes (begins 30 May 2018)
|Iran Air||Tehran–Imam Khomeini|
|LOT Polish Airlines||Warsaw–Chopin|
|MIAT Mongolian Airlines||Berlin–Tegel, Ulaanbaatar|
|Nordwind Airlines||Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Ho Chi Minh City
Seasonal charter: Aqaba, Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Cancún, Cheboksary, Cayo Coco, Goa, Djerba, Eilat–Ovda, Heraklion, Ho Chi Minh City, Larnaca, Monastir, Nha Trang (Cam Ranh), Phuket, Puerta Plata, Tehran–Imam Khomeini, Punta Cana, Sharjah, Varadero, Yerevan, Zanzibar
|Onur Air||Seasonal: Antalya|
|Pegas Fly||Blagoveshchensk, Khabarovsk, Krasnoyarsk–Yemelyanovo, Magadan, Saint Petersburg|
|Qeshm Airlines||Seasonal: Tehran–Imam Khomeini|
|Royal Air Maroc||Casablanca (ends 25 March 2018)|
|RoyalFlight||Seasonal charter: Agadir, Antalya, Barcelona, Colombo, Denpasar/Bali, Dubai–Al Maktoum, Goa–Dabolim, Macau, Nha Trang, Phuket, Phu Quoc, Ras Al Khaimah|
|RusLine||Kirov, Lipetsk, Penza|
operated by Travel Service
|Taban Air||Seasonal: Tehran–Imam Khomeini|
|Tianjin Airlines||Chongqing, Tianjin|
|Ural Airlines||Simferopol (begins 25 March 2018), Sochi (begins 25 March 2018), Yekaterinburg (resumes 25 March 2018)|
|Zagros Airlines||Seasonal: Isfahan|
|AirBridgeCargo Airlines||Amsterdam, Anchorage, Atyrau, Beijing–Capital, Chengdu, Chicago–O'Hare, Frankfurt, Hahn, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Jakarta–Soekarno–Hatta, Leipzig/Halle, London–Heathrow, Los Angeles, Milan–Malpensa, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Phnom Penh, Seoul–Incheon, Shanghai–Pudong, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo–Narita, Zaragoza, Zhengzhou|
|ASL Airlines Belgium||Liège|
|Korean Air Cargo||Frankfurt, Seoul–Incheon|
|Lufthansa Cargo||Frankfurt, Seoul–Incheon, Tokyo–Narita|
|Silk Way Airlines
operated by Sky Gates Airlines
Aeroexpress, a subsidiary of Russian Railways operates a nonstop line, connecting the airport to Belorussky station in downtown Moscow. One-way journey takes 35 minutes. The trains offer adjustable seats, luggage compartments, restrooms, electric outlets. Business-class coaches available.
The service started in November 2004, when express train connection was established from Savyolovsky station to Lobnya station, which is 7 km (4.3 mi) from the airport, with the remainder of the journey served by bus or taxi. On 10 June 2008, a 60,000 square meter (645,000 ft2) rail terminal opened in front of Terminal F, with direct service from Savyolovsky station. A shuttle bus service ferried passengers to terminals B and C. From 28 August 2009, the line was extended to Belorussky station with plans to serve all three of Moscow's main airports from a single point of boarding, and service to Savyolovsky station terminated.
Moscow can be reached by the municipal Mosgortrans bus lines: 817 to station Planernaya of Moscow Metro Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya Line (#7), 851 to station Rechnoy Vokzal of Zamoskvoretskaya Line (#2), departures every 10 minutes, travel time 33–55 minutes by schedule depending on the terminal served. At night time bus N1 (Russian: Н1) (departures every 30 minutes between 3am and 5:40am) connects the airport to Moscow's Leningradsky Avenue, downtown area and Leninsky Avenue. Travel time 30–90 minutes, fare is 50 rubles (as of September, 2016).
A shuttle bus connects the northern cluster (Terminals B and C) with the south cluster (Terminals D, E, and F).
The main road leading to the airport—Leningradskoye Highway—has experienced large traffic jams. Since 23 December 2014, a toll road to the airport has been opened. It connects with MKAD near Dmitrovskoe Highway. Now it is possible to reach the airport in ten minutes, avoiding traffic jams.
Official airport taxis are available from taxi counters in arrivals. Prices to the city are fixed based on zones.
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