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Questions About Moscow's Airports  
User currently offlinePlanenutz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2416 times:

I know that Moscow has several airports providing commercial passenger services. Namely, I'm aware of Domodedovo, Sheremytevo, and Vnukovo. SVO was largely known for its international services, though DME has increased the numbner of international carriers and fights that operate from it.

Are there any other airports that serve Moscow with commercial pax service?
How far are these are these respective airports from the city center?
Which airlines operate from Vnukovo?
What is the current state of VNO? I know that part of the Moscow Olympic bid for 2012 involved significant upgrades to airport.

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User currently offlineLevg79 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 994 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2404 times:

SVO is the worst when it comes to the state of facilites, being ripped off by ground transportation and, as expected in Russia, the most unfriendly customs agents.

DME, on the other hand has newer and more modern facility and, from what I understand, is more conveniently located to Moscow's center district.

Leo.



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User currently offlineOS-A330 From Austria, joined Aug 2001, 75 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2375 times:

One of the very few non-Russian airlines operating from VKO (if not the sole one) is Germanwings, destinations are CGN and SXF. Their A-319 is easily spotted in the midst of all the Tupolevs, Yakolevs, Antonovs and Ilyushins.

User currently offlineZvezda From Lithuania, joined Aug 2004, 10511 posts, RR: 64
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2343 times:

Quoting Planenutz (Thread starter):
What is the current state of VNO?

VNO is Vilnius, Lithuania, not all that close to Moscow. I think you mean VKO.


User currently offlineKahuna613 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 8 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 2230 times:

I flew through SVO I and II this summer. SVO II was all right, you could tell it was built in the 80's but they were doing lots of renovations while I was there, and I found it to be acceptable. SVO I is a serious joke-extremely tiny, you aren't allowed into checkin (like other Russian airports) until they call your flight, which means hundreds of people are crammed into a tiny waiting area at the front. DME, however, was great. There is an express direct train to the city centre, and the interior is great, easy to get around. They were still putting the finishing touches on it this summer.

User currently offlineRedChili From Norway, joined Jul 2005, 2290 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2185 times:

Quoting Planenutz (Thread starter):
Are there any other airports that serve Moscow with commercial pax service?

Bykovo. But there are very few flights from that airport.

Quoting Planenutz (Thread starter):
How far are these are these respective airports from the city center?

DME is farthest away, but because of the express train, it's easier to get to the city center from here. I don't remember exactly how far from the center it is.

Quoting Planenutz (Thread starter):
Which airlines operate from Vnukovo?

If you can read Russian, you can read the timetables on http://www.vnukovo-airport.ru/inform_a.html

Quoting Planenutz (Thread starter):
What is the current state of VNO?

Last time I was there was more than two years ago. At that time, it was very run-down and in a bad shape, much like Sheremetyevo, though less crowded.

Quoting OS-A330 (Reply 2):
One of the very few non-Russian airlines operating from VKO (if not the sole one) is Germanwings,

Not true. There are many non-Russian airlines operating there, including Azerbaijanskie, Gruzinskie, Armavia, several Ukrainian carriers, plus some others. Check the link I gave above.

Quoting Kahuna613 (Reply 4):
you could tell it was built in the 80's

It was actually buil in the 70s, between 1977-1979. But it was opened in May 1980, just before the Olympics.



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User currently offlineJsnww81 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2036 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2169 times:

Quoting RedChili (Reply 5):
Quoting Planenutz (Thread starter):
Are there any other airports that serve Moscow with commercial pax service?

Is Myatchkyvo still open for commercial flights? It was listed in the 1997 BUCHAirports manual as an infrequent charter landing field. Anyone know if it's still around, or has it been closed?


User currently offlineScbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12567 posts, RR: 46
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2121 times:
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DME is the best of the three main Moscow airports, but is a long way from the city centre. It's a nightmare journey by car. The terminal is modern and reasonably efficient. It is currently being expanded and will be about twice the size when it's finished.

SVO is losing ground to DME. The terminals are pretty old and looking a bit shabby.

VKO is quite busy, but I've never seen a non Russian airline there. The terminal is being rebuilt and the old VIP one will be demolished as well. As a fan of Russian types, this is the best of the Moscow airports!

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User currently offlineGoaliemn From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 463 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2028 times:

I was at SVO in 1989. At the time, it was still fairly modern and clean. Standard non-friendly eastern-bloc customs agents, but otherwise not bad.

it sounds like its taken a downfall, but I could definately see that happening. They definately had a problem with upkeep on stuff when I was there.


User currently offlineUN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4289 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 1992 times:

I think Vnukovo is used primarily by airlines from the CIS.
By car, I believe it's the most convenient to reach from the center, and the terminal is on par with, if not even slightly better than SVO.
-Mr. X



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User currently offlineAfay1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1293 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1963 times:

Doesn't Vnukovo have at least one brand spankin new terminal open. From the pictures I have seen it looks quite nice?....

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