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Why Do Airlines Move From Moscow DME To VKO?

Tue Feb 14, 2012 12:32 pm

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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RE: Why Do Airlines Move From Moscow DME To VKO?

Tue Feb 14, 2012 12:44 pm

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.
 
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RE: Why Do Airlines Move From Moscow DME To VKO?

Tue Feb 14, 2012 2:32 pm

VKO's brand new terminal is now the darling of the Moscow airports.
 
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RE: Why Do Airlines Move From Moscow DME To VKO?

Tue Feb 14, 2012 2:39 pm

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.
 
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RE: Why Do Airlines Move From Moscow DME To VKO?

Tue Feb 14, 2012 3:14 pm

Ironically VKO is managed by the same group that owns and runs DME.
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RE: Why Do Airlines Move From Moscow DME To VKO?

Tue Feb 14, 2012 3:46 pm

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.
 
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RE: Why Do Airlines Move From Moscow DME To VKO?

Tue Feb 14, 2012 3:54 pm

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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RE: Why Do Airlines Move From Moscow DME To VKO?

Tue Feb 14, 2012 4:41 pm

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).
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jetsetter629
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RE: Why Do Airlines Move From Moscow DME To VKO?

Tue Feb 14, 2012 5:17 pm

To breakdown the largest Russian carriers in each airport:

DME - S7, UN
SVO - SU
VKO - UT

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