Domodedovo International Airport
Domodedovo International Airport (IATA: DME, ICAO: UUDD) is an international airport located 35 km (22 miles) south of the centre of Moscow, Russia. It is one of the three major Moscow airports along with Sheremetyevo International Airport and Vnukovo Airport. Domodedovo is the largest airport in Russia in terms of passenger and cargo traffic.
Services from Domodedovo began in March 1964 with a flight to Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg) using a Tupolev 104. The airport, intended to handle the growth of long-distance domestic traffic in the USSR, was officially opened in May 1965. A second runway, parallel to the existing one, was put into service 18 months after the opening of the airport. On 26 December 1975, Domodedovo Airport was selected for the inaugural flight of Tupolev Tu-144 to Alma Ata.
Since 1996, Domodedovo Airport has been operated by East Line Group on a 75-year lease, although the runways continue to be controlled by the state. The group has been heavily investing in reconstruction of the airport, arranging for customs to be more convenient and the airport to be kept clean. Because of various issues at Sheremetyevo, British Airways, Qatar Airways, Swiss International Air Lines, and Austrian Airlines moved their flights from there to Domodedovo. They were followed by Emirates, Brussels Airlines, Thai Airways International and Lufthansa. Meanwhile, Aeroflot had moved some cargo operations to Domodedovo. DME is Russia's first airport to have parallel runways operating simultaneously. Since the air traffic control tower was redeveloped in 2003, DME can control over 70 take-offs and landings an hour. The airport now has five business departure lounges, set up by individual airlines. BA opened its Navigator Club Lounge in 2003. It is fully equipped with Wi-Fi Internet access, food and drink concessions, showers, a cloakroom and massage chairs. The airport is also the hub of some of Russia biggest airlines like S7 Airlines which is the biggest airline tenant in the airport as well as Kras Air and Transaero.
East Line's strategic goal is to stabilize the airport's future, and establish it as a major international and multi-modal transportation hub. In the first nine months of 2004, international passenger flow at DME increased by 52.8% compared to the same period in 2003. Domestic passengers and cargo volumes also increased significantly, making DME one of the world's key airports. DME benefits hugely from its close proximity to the Russian capital, enhanced by its transportation networks. The airport has 136 square kilometers of land reserved around its immediate vicinity, allowing the potential to develop a further seven runways.
Just a 5 minute walk from the main terminal you can find the Domodedovo Airhotel. The Airhotel belongs to East Line Group, the operating company of International Domodedovo Airport. Airhotel offers 294 comfortable rooms corresponding highest world standards including Airhotel Club rooms de-luxe suits, 5 junior suits and single and double rooms featuring individual air-conditioning and climate control systems. Comfortable minibuses carry hotel guests to/from the airport and Airhotel. The Airhotel is a good option when you want to stay at the airport for a couple of days.
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