Ermolino airport located in Kaluga Region has every opportunity to become the first major low-cost airlines' hub and one of the largest multimodal logistics centers in the Central Russia.
The project is to be implemented by 2015. UTair is to become one of investors. It plans to build a terminal in Ermolino with the annual capacity of 8 million passengers. Currently Kaluga Region Government takes steps to organize the railway connection between Moscow and the new airport.
On December 28, 2012 the Russian Government amended the list of airlines allowed to operate from Ermolino airport. Apart from the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Interior aviation the airport may be used by UTair, which plans to build a terminal with the capacity of 8 million passengers per annum. Ermolino is to become a hub for a number of low-cost airlines in addition to UTair.
Kaluga Region Government plans to turn Ermolino not only into a low-cost airlines hub, but also into a major cargo handling center. Anatoly Artamonov, Kaluga Region Governor, said that Ermolino would be a part of Freight Village Kaluga, a large multimodal logistics facility (new warehouses are being built at a 2-km distance from the airport).