Domodedovo plans six new runways
Domodedovo Airport plans to expand the airfield from two runways to eight under a concession agreement, according to reports in Russian media. This topic was touched upon during the discussion of the agreement terms by officials of the Ministry of Transport with the management of airports at the end of 2017, Kommersant writes. The government's decree on the conditions for signing concession agreements on infrastructure development between the state and the capital's airports should appear by mid-March.
Investments in the objects of the Moscow aviation hub until 2037 are estimated at about 190 billion rubles ($3.35 billion). The facilities of Domodedovo might prove to be the most expensive. It is assumed that by that time it will have added two more runways. One of them, already under construction, should be introduced in the first half of 2018. After that, the old runway-2 will be turned into a taxiway. Four more runways may appear by 2055, Kommersant reports.
Domodedovo asks the government to “eliminate the disparity of budgetary financing,” noting that the capital airports have unequal conditions when it comes to concession agreements. Domodedovo indicates that in 2001-2016, the government financing of Sheremetyevo infrastructure was 120 billion rubles ($2.11 billion), Vnukovo - 48 billion rubles ($0.848 billion), and for Domodedovo - 53 billion rubles ($0.937 billion). Representatives of the airport offer to differentiate the payment within the concessions: the more received, the higher the amount of payment.
Domodedovo noted that runway-3 and runway-4 “do not require budget spending to prepare the territory: the operator will deal with the issue, as well as the approaches to financing.”
Moscow aviation hub’ airports propose runway fees as a way to reimburse concession expenses, according to Kommersant. Airlines are against it. Ural Airlines notes that this “will affect the final cost of the ticket.” S7 indicates an increase in airport revenues due to the increase in passenger traffic in 2017. The president of Utair Pavel Permyakov said that “it is possible to curb price hikes in the industry at the expense of low funding rates and long-term loans to airports.”
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