Ermolino, a low-cost airline airport located in Kaluga Region is to be commissioned in 2016. Initially its annual passenger flow will be 3.5-4.5 million, however it is to reach 7.5 million by 2019.
This information was provided by Salavat Kutushev, Director General, Ermolino International Airport Management Company, at Moscow Aerotropolos conference held within the framework of Moscow Air Show 2013.
For comparison: the passenger flow in Vnukovo in 2012 exceeded 10 million.
Salavat Kutushev said: “Key design solutions have been elaborated, a master plan of the civil sector has been developed – the terminal, apron, ramps, access roads, fuelling and other infrastructure facilities. All works related to land survey in Kaluga Region to build the commercial section of the airport have already been completed. Currently the investment company is obtaining the title to the land plot”.
Ermolino Airport reconstruction will be financed by the Ministry of Interior (Ermolino is a joint civil/military aerodrome used by the Ministry of Interior aviation). The airport Director General said: “We expect to get an entirely new aerodrome with improved characteristics by 2016”.
RUR 6.6 billion is to be invested in the project, including RUR1.5 billion in the aerodrome infrastructure and RUR 4.6 billion in the terminal construction. The remaining amount will be invested in construction of a fuelling system, a parking and an access road.
UTair will be the main Ermolino airport operator. The airline will operate A321 airplanes (20 aircraft of the type will be stationed in the airport) Apart from that, according to Salavat Kutushev, negotiations with other low cost airlines have been held. He said: “We have obtained both written and oral approvals from airlines interested in making Ermolino their hub”. However, no names of such airlines have been mentioned.