Rostov-on-Don’s newly built Platov International Airport is making final preparations to officially become operational at 11 a. m. local time on December 7, the airport’s press service reports.
By this time all regular and charter flights will be transferred from the city’s old airport to Platov. All support infrastructure including parking, shops, baggage rooms etc will be available to travelers.
The new airport received its certificates and approvals from Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency in early November. Simultaneously it conducted testing of passenger terminal, navigation equipment and other facilities and staff.
The first technical flights with representatives of authorities and media on-board, operated by the airport’s base carrier Azimuth Airlines were received on November 18.
Platov inherited the old airport’s IATA code of ROV. The latter is using a temporary code of RVI for the last days of its operations.
Platov Airport is replacing the existing Rostov-on-Don airport, further development of which was limited by its location within city borders. The construction project is managed by Russian holding Airports of Regions.
Platov’s passenger terminal has the floor area of 51,000 sqm, triple the existing airport’s. It is designed to handle up to five million passengers a year with capacity of 1790 passengers an hour.
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