AirGabon 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...
ISTGRU 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.