Sheremetyevo International Airport is set to commission its newly reconstructed first runway one (RWY-1) today in a ceremony that will feature a parade of airfield equipment. Aeroflot will inaugurate the runway with a flight SU022 that is scheduled to depart for St. Petrsburg at 4:05 pm.
With the commissioning of Runway-1, which features two new high-speed-exit taxiways, the capacity of Sheremetyevo airfield’s three runways will increase to 110 million passengers per year.
Reconstruction of RWY-1 has been a priority project for 2020 as part of the implementation of the Long-term Development Program of Sheremetyevo Airport. The total capital investment exceeded $114 million. The project was funded directly, and investments made under the terms of the concession agreement will be recouped from the investment component of the aircraft take-off and landing fees.
Construction work was competed in record time, within 10 months during a period of significant decline in the airport’s activities and revenue and the need to comply with strict anti-epidemiological measures. Construction and installation work proceeded without interruption while the airport was operational. Takeoff and landing operations at the airfield were performed on the existing Runway-2 and Runway-3 while Runway-1 was closed for reconstruction.
The commissioning of a new airspace structure and the operation of three runways at Sheremetyevo airport will improve the fuel efficiency of airlines and the safety and punctuality of flights, and also will reduce the workload on traffic-control and flight personnel through the use of conflict-free arrival and departure patterns.