Sheremetyevo International Airport
The Sheremetyevo International Airport is one of the biggest international airports serving Moscow. The other is the Domodedovo International Airport. The Sheremetyevo acts as a hub for the international Russian airline Aeroflot and it enjoys serves mainly as a passenger airport. It was opened in 1959 and has several terminals which all cater to the various facets of air transportation in which the airport is involved. The first terminal, Shermetyevo-1 is used for domestic flights while Sheremetyevo-2 caters more for international flights. If you are an international visitor, Sheremetyevo-2 is most likely the terminal that you will arrive and leave from.
Sheremetyevo-2 is the largest terminal at the Sheremetyevo International Airport and you will find that it is often filled with the hustle and bustle of international passengers as they make their way to and from the country. There is no physical connection between Sheremetyevo-1 and 2 and most people find it somewhat odd that these two terminals are located in separate buildings. The two are, in fact, essentially separate airports which make use of the same runways. There are other instances of this sort of airport layout in the world but it is quite rare. It does, however, minimize road traffic and make contact between parties easier since there is less congestion at each building.
In the year 2005 the Sheremetyevo International Airport saw more than 12 000 000 passengers enter through its doors. Though this figure has just been overshot by the Domodedovo International Airport, the Sheremetyevo continues to compete for the position of top airport in Russia. The Sheremetyevo Airport has one main runway which features a concrete surface and measures 12 739 ft (3 700 m) in length. The airport is only about 20 minutes from the Moscow city centre by road but this time can be greatly increased depending on traffic. Despite efforts to improve the service and standards at Sheremetyevo, more and more travelers are choosing to go to the Domodedovo International Airport. Current reconstruction efforts include the opening of a new terminal building – Sheremetyevo-3 – which will hopefully go a long way to improving the service and standards of the Sheremetyevo Airport.