Leipzig/Halle airport building An-124 hangar

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Germany's Leipzig/Halle airport is building a hangar to accommodate the maintenance operations of the locally-based Ruslan Salis joint venture between Russia's Volga Dnepr Group and Antonov in the Ukraine.

Ruslan Salis, which stands for Strategic Airlift Interim Solution, conducts NATO cargo freights on behalf of 17 Western European countries and Canada.

The company has been servicing An-124-100s on the airport's southern side, near the DHL facility, since January 2007.

Now the hub's operator is building a greenfield hangar and new apron near the control tower in the northern part of the site, with work expected to be completed by the end of this year.

The 90x94m (295x308ft) hangar can accommodate aircraft up to the Airbus A380, while the apron will have space for five aircraft, Leipzig/Halle airport tells Flightglobal.

The total investment volume is around €40 million ($52.6 million).

While the apron will be used by different operators, the hangar will house Ruslan Salis' maintenance division. Once the facility is completed, the firm will move its technical operations from the southern area to the new site.

The company is the only An-124 maintenance facility in Western Europe, according to Leipzig/Halle airport.