Vnukovo International Airport, one of Russia’s largest airports, is located just 27km from the centre of Moscow and 11km from the ring road. It is ranked as the 3rd busiest hub in Russia and its two passenger terminals have a total capacity of more than 6800 passengers per hour. More than 200 domestic and international airlines (including Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines and Germanwings) run over 120,000 flights per year to and from the airport. It is also Europe’s busiest airport for international flights by larger private planes.
The airport has undergone extensive expansion and infrastructure improvements over the last decade with new terminals opening in 2004 and 2010 and a direct rail service now links the airport to the centre of Moscow. A new terminal is also under development and this will bring the airport’s total capacity up to some 18-20 million passengers per year in 2015. In 2010 with the opening of the new terminal, the airport needed to equip more than one hundred check-in counters with printers to produce both boarding passes and bag tags.
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