Vnukovo International Airport
Международный аэропорт Внуково
|Operator||JSC "Vnukovo Airport"|
|Serves||Moscow metropolitan area|
|Elevation AMSL||209 m / 686 ft|
Sources: Russian Federal Air Transport Agency (see also provisional 2018 statistics)
Vnukovo, formally Vnukovo Andrei Tupolev International Airport (named after Andrei Tupolev) (Russian: Внуково, IPA: [ˈvnukəvə]) (IATA: VKO, ICAO: UUWW), is a dual-runway international airport located in Vnukovo District, 28 km (17 mi) southwest of the centre of Moscow, Russia. It is one of the four major airports that serve Moscow, along with Domodedovo, Sheremetyevo, and Zhukovsky. In 2019, the airport handled 24.01 million passengers, representing an increase of 12% compared to the previous year. Vnukovo was the eleventh-busiest airport in Europe in 2021, but had a strong decline in traffic and dropped to 30th place in 2022 as a consequence of sanctions following the Russian invasion of Ukraine 2022.
Vnukovo is Moscow's oldest operating airport. It was opened and used for military operations during the Second World War, but became a civilian facility after the war. Its construction was approved by the Soviet government in 1937, because the older Khodynka Aerodrome (located much closer to the city centre, but closed by the 1980s) was becoming overloaded. Vnukovo was built by several thousand inmates of Likovlag, a Gulag concentration camp created specifically for this purpose, and opened on 1 July 1941. During the Great Patriotic War, it was used as a military airbase; passenger services started after the war.
On 15 September 1956, the Tupolev Tu-104 jetliner made its first passenger flight from Moscow Vnukovo to Irkutsk via Omsk.
On 4 November 1957, a plane carrying Romanian Workers' Party officials, including the most prominent politicians of Communist Romania (Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej, Chivu Stoica, Alexandru Moghioroș, Ştefan Voitec, Nicolae Ceauşescu, Leonte Răutu, and Grigore Preoteasa), was involved in an accident at Vnukovo Airport. Preoteasa, who was the minister of foreign affairs at the time, was killed, as was the aircraft's crew. Several others were seriously injured.
The first passenger flights of the IL-18 (Moscow to Alma-Ata on 20 April 1956) and Tu-114 (Moscow to Khabarovsk on 24 April 1961) were also made from Vnukovo Airport. In 1980, Vnukovo was expanded because of the 22nd Summer Olympic Games. In 1993, Vnukovo Airport became a joint-stock company.
A massive reconstruction and strategic development programme commenced at Vnukovo International in late 2003, following the transfer by the federal government of the controlling stake in the airport to the government of Moscow.
As part of the Airport Strategic Development Plan, these projects were completed between 2003 and 2005:
Vnukovo is Europe's busiest airport for international flights by larger private planes.
Of the three Moscow airports, Vnukovo is the highest (204 m (669 ft 3 in) above sea level), so in case of fog, it has frequently served as an alternative airport.
The airfield has two intersecting runways of 3,500 m (11,482 ft 11 in) and 3,060 m (10,039 ft 4 in) in length. Each runway is 60 m (196 ft 10 in) wide, with 10 m (32 ft 10 in)-wide safety shoulders on each side. The joint runway capacity is 60 aircraft movements per hour. Runway 24 is mostly used for departures, while Runway 01 is for landings.
The airport has two passenger terminals (Terminal A and Terminal B), one general aviation terminal (for charter and business flights), one cargo terminal, and 60 aircraft stands.
The airport can handle a maximum of 10,100 passengers per hour, and 4,000 people are employed there. In 2013, the airport handled almost 11.18 million passengers, representing a 15.3% increase compared to 2012. In February 2014 the airport handled 722,500 passengers, an increase of 23.8% compared to February 2013, partly attributed to expansion by Utair.
Vnukovo Airport is equipped with a VIP hall, which is used by many political leaders and important people visiting Russia. The Russian President also uses Vnukovo's VIP facility. The Tupolev airliner rework facility is located at the edge of the airport, and major overhaul and modification programmes are carried out in several large aircraft hangars. On the northern perimeter of the airport, the government VIP transport wing is located, operating head-of-state flights for high-ranking government officials. Thus, the airport is occasionally closed for regular flights when VIP flights arrive or depart.
The prospective development programme was intended to last until 2015,[needs update] and was aimed at transforming Vnukovo International into a highly competitive air transportation hub of international significance – one that would offer a comprehensive range of quality services to both its passengers and its tenant carriers.
A new international passenger Terminal A will have a total floor space of 250,000 m2 (2,700,000 sq ft) and passenger throughput capacity of 7,800 passengers per hour, making a total capacity of 18–20 million passengers annually. This will open up many opportunities for the tenant airlines to expand and improve the quality of their customer service at the airport, and ensure the introduction of international-quality service and comfort overall. The sprawling terminal building will be located on the site of the existing domestic passenger terminal, and will also serve as a springboard for the subsequent development of the entire adjacent landside area both next to the terminal and further out towards Vnukovo Settlement. The oldest of the Vnukovo passenger terminals, dating back to 1941, will be demolished by the time construction of the new one goes ahead (it was started to be dismantled in November 2005). The existing domestic Terminal 2, built in the late 1970s, will continue in operation until its eventual demolition during the final phase of construction and replacement with the new terminal.
The expansion plans include lengthening one of the two V-configured runways (3,500 m (11,482 ft 11 in) and 3,060 m (10,039 ft 4 in) long) to 3,800 m (12,467 ft 2 in) and upgrading the instrument landing system from the present CAT II to CAT III. The existing taxiways are to be extended as part of the expansion and new ones will also be built, along with a brand new control tower, an extension to the cargo terminal, and a multistory car park.
Terminal A is the only terminal used both for domestic and international flights. Terminals B and D are out of service as of October 2017.
|Aero Nomad Airlines||Bishkek, Osh|
|Azimuth||Grozny, Omsk, Pskov, Saint Petersburg, Tbilisi|
|Azur Air|| Seasonal: Cancún, La Romana, Nha Trang, Varadero|
Seasonal Charter: Abu Dhabi, Agadir, Antalya, Bodrum, Colombo–Bandaranaike, Dalaman, Djerba, Dubai–International, Enfidha, Gazipaşa, Goa–Dabolim, Pataya, Phuket, Phu Quoc, Taiyuan, Sharm El Sheikh, Zanzibar
|Gazpromavia||Bovanenkovo, Nadym, Novy Urengoy, Noyabrsk, Tyumen, Ufa, Yamburg, Yekaterinburg|
|I-Fly||Seasonal Charter: Antalya, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Bodrum, Changsha, Fuzhou, Guiyang, Haikou, Hangzhou, Jinan, Nanchang, Nanjing, Nanning, Phuket, Podgorica, Punta Cana, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Saint Petersburg, Taiyuan, Tianjin, Wuhan, Xi'an, Zhengzhou|
|Mahan Air||Tehran–Imam Khomeini|
|Meraj Airlines||Tehran–Imam Khomeini|
|Nouvelair||Seasonal: Monastir, Tunis|
|Pegasus Airlines|| Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen |
Seasonal: Ankara, Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman, Gazipaşa, Izmir
|Pobeda|| Abu Dhabi (begins 29 October 2023), Antalya, Gorno-Altaysk, Gyumri, Istanbul, Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen, Kaliningrad, Kurgan, Makhachkala, Mineralnye Vody, Novosibirsk, Perm, Petrozavodsk, Saint Petersburg, Saransk, Saratov, Sharm El Sheikh, Sochi, Stavropol, Surgut, Tobolsk, Tomsk, Tyumen, Ufa, Ulan-Ude, Ulyanovsk–Baratayevka, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg|
Seasonal: Bodrum, Dalaman, Dubai–International, Gazipaşa
|Rossiya Airlines||Saint Petersburg|
|RusLine|| Ivanovo, Kaliningrad, Kaluga, Kazan, Kirov, Penza, Saransk, Tambov, Ulyanovsk–Baratayevka, Vorkuta, Yoshkar-Ola|
|SCAT Airlines||Aktau, Aktobe, Astana, Shymkent|
|Turkish Airlines|| Antalya, Istanbul|
Seasonal: Bodrum, Dalaman
|Utair|| Baku, Bukhara, Dushanbe, Fergana, Grozny, Kaliningrad, Kazan, Khanty-Mansiysk, Kogalym, Krasnoyarsk–International, Kurgan, Magas, Makhachkala, Mineralnye Vody, Minsk, Murmansk, Nakhchivan, Naryan-Mar, Noyabrsk, Rostov-on-Don, Saint Petersburg, Samara, Samarkand, Sochi, Stavropol, Surgut, Syktyvkar, Tashkent, Tyumen, Ufa, Ukhta, Usinsk, Vladikavkaz, Yakutsk, Yerevan|
Seasonal Charter: Zanzibar
|Vologda Aviation Enterprise||Vologda|
|Yakutia Airlines||Makhachkala, Mineralnye Vody, Neryungri, Novokuznetsk, Pevek, Sabetta, Sochi, Yakutsk|
Aeroexpress direct line connects Vnukovo Airport and Kiyevsky Rail Terminal in Moscow city centre was opened in August 2005. One-way journey costs 500 rubles (420 rubles for online purchase) (as of November 2017). The journey takes 35 minutes.
Moscow city can be reached by the municipal Mosgortrans bus lines: 611 - reaches two consecutive stations (Troparyovo and Yugo-Zapadnaya) of Moscow Metro Sokolnicheskaya Line, 611k (Russian: 611к) reaches only the nearest Salaryevo station of Moscow Metro Sokolnicheskaya Line, but avoids the often congested crossing with MKAD road; nearby Rumyantsevo station is only easily accessible on the way to the airport, not away from it. The fare is 50 rubles (as of September, 2016; eq. to 0.77
US$), travel time 20-35 min. by schedule.
Private marshrutka line 45 also serves this direction. One-way journey costs 150 rubles (as of February 2016; eq. to 2 US$). Due to heavy traffic in Moscow, journey takes 15 minutes to 1 hour.
Several taxi services to Moscow city and suburbs are available at the airport. Uber, Gett, Yandex.Taxi and local transportation network companies offer flat rate trips to anywhere in Moscow.
The Government of Moscow, as a part of metro line 8 (Kalininsko-Solntsevskaya) expansion, plans to open a Metro station to serve the airport. It is scheduled to be completed in 2023 as a new terminus station from Rasskazovka.
Previously Vnukovo Airlines had its head office at the airport.
The airport is co-owned by the Russian state and Russian businessman Vitaly Vantsev and his partners. In March 2018, Qatar Airways announced plans to buy a 25 percent stake in Vnukovo Airport.