Russian gateway Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport will open a third runway on 1 September when an Aeroflot flights departs for St Petersburg.
The event will be attended by the Russian Federation’s minister for transport Yevgeny Dietrich and the airport’s Mikhail Vasilenko, along with other senior political figures.
Sheremetyevo’s third runway has a length of 3,200m (10,500ft) and will give the airport’s operations and capacity a boost, raising the facility’s total hourly throughput from the current 55 to 90 aircraft movements. The airport is the main hub for Aeroflot, who will be the primary user of the new landing strip.
The opening of the runway comes as just over 60 years ago, on 11 August 1959, at 09.45h (Moscow time), the first flight landed at Sheremetyevo, when a Tupolev Tu-104 aircraft delivered passengers from St Petersburg – then known as Leningrad.
In 2018, Moscow Sheremetyevo welcomed 45.8 million passengers, 14.3 per cent more than 2017, but faces competition from Moscow’s other airports Domodedovo and Vnukovo.