Moscow Sheremetyevo gains new rail link

14 Jul 2008 by Mark Caswell

A new airport rail link to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport is up and running, reducing journey times to and from the city’s downtown area

The “Savyolovsky Station – Sheremetyevo Airport
rail link” makes it possible to get from the city to the airport in just 35
minutes, a fraction of the time it used to take on the traffic-clogged Leningradskoye Highway.

The route is served by Russian-made trains equipped with
luggage racks and display screens featuring flight information. Two trains
leave from Savyolovsky 24 times per day and the ticket price is an affordable
250 rubles (£5.40) for standard-class service and 350 rubles (£7.50) for
first-class. The link is set to be extended to another Moscow station, Belorussky, later this year.

Valery Okulov, Aeroflot’s CEO, commented: “The new direct
high-speed rail link to the airport enhances Aeroflot’s overall customer
service. Queues at ticket offices and endless traffic jams will become a thing
of the past.”

There’s other good news for Aeroflot passengers, with the
upcoming opening of Sheremetyevo Terminal 3 set for early next year – an
upgrade to the current Seventies monolith – and new faster check-in. Departing
passengers can now use self-check-in facilities, the first at Moscow
Sheremetyevo, while at Heathrow Aeroflot travellers can use the Air France self
check-in desks.

Sheremetyevo Airport is Aeroflot’s hub and the second-largest
airport in Russia.
The new terminal will have an annual capacity of 12 million.

Report by Sara Turner

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