Airport's Competitive Advantages
Among the airports comprising the so-called Moscow Air Transport Cluster, Vnukovo International’s airfield has a number of comparative advantages in terms of its location and the number of fair-weather days it enjoys in a year.
Vnukovo also happens to be the one lying closest to the Moscow City center, merely 11 kilometers distant from the Moscow Ring Road and with but 27 kilometers separating the airfield from the heart of Moscow, which effectively cuts the commute time between the city and the Airport.
At 204 meters above sea level Vnukovo International is also the highest located airfield among all of Moscow’s airports, which gives it an undisputable edge while operating in inclement weather and under limited visibility conditions such as dense fogs, heavy showers, blizzards, etc. The flight time to Vnukovo International on an average service inbound from the west or southwest is cut short by 10 to 20 minutes compared with the other Moscow airports thus ensuring considerable time and fuel savings for the airlines operating these routes.
The Airport’s catchment area is truly impressive with the metropolis of Moscow right at hand, its population totaling around 12 million plus another 6 million 700 thousand residing in the Moscow Area - each and every person a potential air traveler. Add to that a more than substantial number of transfer passengers at the approximate annual rate of 700 thousand and it all adds up to a well-rounded figure year in year out. In 2007 Vnukovo International welcomed 6.8 million passengers.
For our passengers’ added comfort and convenience an extensive multimodal mass transit infrastructure connecting the Airport with the city has been put in place. It comprises three highways: the Kievskoye (6 lanes), Borovskoye and Minskoye, a traffic interchange with a system of tunnels connecting the Airport drive to the Kievskoye highway, and ensuring smooth traffic flows around the clock. There is quite a number of route buses, route taxi vans and conventional cabs plying between the Airport and town at all times with the cab ranks conveniently located right in front of the passenger terminals and the bus stops just a short walk away, right across the forecourt.
You will also find at your disposal a speed-rail link between Kievsky Train Station in downtown Moscow and the Airport’s passenger terminals
. A comfortable seater-car train with cushioned three-by-two abreast airline-style seating and ample carry-on baggage space will zoom you to the Airport in half an hour’s time and deposit you on its underground station’s platform with escalator- and passenger elevator-equipped exits within a short walking distance of the Airport's mainline passenger terminals. And now that the construction of the first stage of the all-new Terminal A is nearing completion, the Vnukovo Aeroexpress passengers can exit directly into the sprawling new facility
Vnukovo's route network comprises around 450 scheduled and charter destinations all over Russia, the CIS countries and those farther abroad as well as over 500 destinations that are served by general aviation. And our destination list is constantly growing, with new ones in Western Europe, North America, Africa and Asia added regularly, putting these far-off spots within easy reach of our passengers.
These days the Airport is embarked on an active and ambitious growth phase in its development. An all-encompassing Airport Development Master Plan currently underway here with the backing of the Moscow City Government, shall continue apace until the year 2015, and is aimed at transforming Vnukovo International into a highly competitive international air transportation hub and a leading transit hub between Europe and Asia.