On January 18, 2013 Igor Shuvalov, First Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, visited former Grabtsevo Airport where a new international airport is to be built.
Anatoly Artamonov, Kaluga Region Governor, said that according to the existing plans a new airport is to be commissioned in mid-2014.
Vladimir Popov, the Minister for Economic Development of Kaluga Region, mentioned that Grabtsevo International Airport would be able to serve flights performed by А319 and B737 airplanes (in terms of their take-off weight). He said: "Our studies show that foreign employees working in Kaluga Region industrial parks often take trips to Europe. They need to be able to move from one destination to another as fast as possible".
Igor Shuvalov said: "It's a well-known fact that over 60 major production facilities and dozens of medium-sized ones have been opened in Kaluga Region in the recent years. Today investors speak of the necessity to organize air transportation both for cargos and passengers".