One of Russia's largest airports, Vnukovo, has welcomed the first passengers to its new terminal.
The terminal is considered a cornerstone of a master plan through 2015, estimated to cost around $1 billion. The airport’s authorities say their target is to service more than 22 million passengers.
On its first day of work, the terminal took in a flight from the Black Sea resort of Anapa. On the July 27, there will be the first departures.
Vnukovo is the oldest airport in Moscow, built in 1941. It used to be a military base. It now aims to become one of the biggest airports, boasting 77 elevators, 60 escalators and 99 registration counters.
“The railway terminal is connected to the airport via an underground station,” Vnukovo project chief architect Leonid Borzhenkov told RT. “It means you don't have to walk across the street to the airport building. You get off the train and you are already inside the airport.”
Some, however, argue that in trying to attract more passengers, the airport is using unfair practices.
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