Several of Russia's major airports are undergoing renovation amid efforts to bring them up to Western-style standards.

Moscow Domodedovo airport opened its revamped terminal on 8 December after a $90 million, two year upgrade funded by the airport's operator East Line Group.

The renovated two-storey terminal has been modernised and doubled in size to 60,000m² (646,000ft²), which will enable annual throughput to increase to six million passengers from 4.1million last year. The airport has space to construct new terminals and two more runways. A new terminal could get the go-ahead next year, which would double capacity to 12 million passengers.

Moscow's main international airport, Sheremetyevo currently handles 11 million passengers annually, and is studying plans for a third terminal to boost capacity by nine million passengers. Incumbent carrier, Aeroflot, has signed a co-operation agreement with the Moscow regional governor Boris Gromov which will see it invest $50 million over three years.

A major $60 million reconstruction is under way of the terminal at St. Petersburg's Pulkovo 2 international airport. The work, which is due to be completed by the end of 2005, will almost double the airport's capacity.

A new cargo terminal is also due to be completed by 2002, costing $12.5million. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is promising a funding loan of $8 million.

Source: Flight International