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Why Do Airlines Move From Moscow DME To VKO?  
User currently offlinemozart From Luxembourg, joined Aug 2003, 2152 posts, RR: 13
Posted (2 years 2 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3651 times:

Lufthansa is moving some flights, and I believe also some other airlines.

Why? I thought DME was the "showcase airport" of Moscow and also has the advantage of offering many domestic connections

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User currently offlineAirGabon From Switzerland, joined Dec 2003, 865 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (2 years 2 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3607 times:

DME became too much crowded, and extension works are, I believe, late. Look at any photo of DME tarmac, it seems to be the mess! And also, boarding gates are too small to accomodate B744 or B777 passengers.

VKO is the closest airport to Moscow, located in the West, so easier acces by train or road to central Moscow and less flying time while coming from Europe (fuel savings).

Plus, extensive coverage of Russia and CIS destinations, through various other operators, in particular UT Air. And I am sure LH is in talk with UT Air for a partnership...

TK will also transfer flights from SVO to VKO.


User currently offlineluckyone From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 2129 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 2 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3359 times:

VKO's brand new terminal is now the darling of the Moscow airports.

User currently offlineISTGRU From Australia, joined Jun 2011, 42 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 2 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3329 times:

VKO now has a fantastic new terminal. Over the past 5 years DME has become a zoo - far too overcrowded and generally unpleasant to use. In the meantime SVO has opened a very decent new terminal (with a great train connection to the city, its far superior to the DME express which feels more like a regional train) and VKO has opened their great new terminal.

User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24316 posts, RR: 47
Reply 4, posted (2 years 2 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3209 times:

Ironically VKO is managed by the same group that owns and runs DME.


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User currently offlineAirGabon From Switzerland, joined Dec 2003, 865 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (2 years 2 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3116 times:

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 4):
Ironically VKO is managed by the same group that owns and runs DME.

I thought it is the same group that owns SVO. I think they merged VKO owned by Moscow City administration and SVO which belongs to the Russian Federal State administration.

DME is owned 100% privately by East Line Group.


User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24316 posts, RR: 47
Reply 6, posted (2 years 2 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3080 times:

My understanding was yes SVO and VKO are owned by the government, however VKO has somesort of management or operational agreement with DME.


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User currently offlineTupolev160 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (2 years 2 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2965 times:

The operations and fees should be cheaper in VKO as well (VKO is amongst other the base for Gazpromavia, the airline of the Russian energy giant).

User currently offlinejetsetter629 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 438 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 2 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2858 times:

To breakdown the largest Russian carriers in each airport:

DME - S7, UN
SVO - SU
VKO - UT


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