Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO) is ranked 6th as one of the best airports in 2019 in an article published by Bloomberg.
According to author Claire Ballantine “The flight industry is experiencing a rapid increase in global tourism. The Worldwide Tourism Organization estimates that worldwide international tourist arrivals increased 6%, to 1.4 billion in 2018.
“The airports are rated based on three factors: on-time performance, service quality, and food and shopping options. The first accounts for 60% of the score and the other criteria each make up 20%. AirHelp’s data comes from multiple commercial vendors, along with its own database, plus 40,000 passenger surveys collected in 40 countries during 2018.”
Sheremetyevo is one of Europe’s busiest airports, with traffic of 46 million people last year. The airport is implementing a large-scale, long-term development programme up to 2026, in which infrastructure investment of US$2.5 billion (€2.1bn) will ultimately increase annual passenger capacity to 80 million.
The most important part of this was preparations for last year’s FIFA World Cup, including the new Terminal B with a capacity of 20 million passengers, an underground inter-terminal passage with passenger and baggage tunnels and two stations, a modern automated cargo terminal with an annual capacity of 380,000 tonnes, and a third refuelling complex.
The next stage in Sheremetyevo’s development programme is the new Terminal C in the Northern Terminal Complex. Construction is underway on the first phase – 118,000sqm – which will provide an annual capacity of 20 million passengers when complete in 2019.
According to AirHelp’s CEO Henrik Zillmer, “Some airports are expanding quickly, but it’s still a big issue for most, especially during peak hours.”
Sheremetyevo has undergone extensive expansion and that has made traveling through the airport more efficient. It also makes transit into Moscow quick and affordable. In addition, it is highly recommended for its excellent shopping, food and drink options.