The first component of Moscow’s Domodedovo (DME) airport’s newly-constructed Terminal T2 project has been smoothly serving passengers for two weeks since its timely entry into service at the start of the FIFA World Cup 2018 currently being held in Russia.
The new facility brings an additional annual capacity of five million passengers to Russia’s second biggest airport’s infrastructure and is a centrepiece of Domodedovo’s expanding ambitions.
The opened section – the totality of which is exclusively dedicated to the handling of international passengers – covers an area of 157,000 square metres, representing 65 per cent of the entire T2 floor area. The remaining facilities will become operational once construction of Domodedovo’s new third runway, adjacent aprons and other infrastructure is completed. The airport has not yet revealed when this will happen, as the complexity of the project involves the state and its construction is funded from the federal budget.
When completed, T2 along with the airport’s existing T1 will form a single terminal entity because of the adoption of the ‘Under One Roof’ concept familiar to some European airports, such as at Amsterdam’s Schiphol. This approach will boost the airport’s potential for the better management of transfer traffic flows, DME insists. Once T2 is complete, the entire floor area of both terminals will cover some 500,000 square metres, and the resultant capacity will hit the annual 45 million passengers mark.
Since 2013, Domodedovo has invested some 42.8 billion rubles of its own funds into the re-development of its terminals complex, the final part of which, a 275,000-sq m T3, is scheduled to become operational by 2023. The T3 project will be implemented in six stages, three of which have already received approval from the governmental consultancy Glavgosexpertiza. The combined annual capacity of T1, T2 and T3 is projected at 75 million passengers.
Domodedovo handled 30.6 million passengers in 2017, up 7.6 per cent on the previous year. In the first five months of this year the airport experienced a downward trend, handling 10.65 million passengers against 10.9 million in the same period last year.
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