New Moscow airport built by Lithuanian company opened by Medvedev

The new Zhukovsky or Ramensky Airport in Moscow built by Lithuanian company, Avia Solutions Group was opened in the Russian capital yesterday.

The Russian government official website reported that the airport would be presented to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, and the event was also to be attended by his deputy Dmitry Rogozin, and transport, industry and trade ministers Maxim Sokolov and Denis Manturov.

“Our goal is to attract one or two strategic carriers because we can offer a cheaper and better service than other Moscow airports. We maintain excellent relations with the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Asian carriers. At the end of the year it will be clear what company is to come as the basic carrier,” said Gediminas Žiemelis, head of Avia.

“Our strong point is that, contrary to the usual practice in Russia, our own companies will not have priority at the airport. They will compete equally with other providers,” said Žiemelis.

The Lithuanian company invested more than €24 million in building the new airport terminal and in 2020 plans to serve 12 million passengers per year.

The report notes that the second phase of construction will be financed by bank financing from Russia and other countries, including China.

Žiemelis told the magazine Veidas in March that the airport was built without taking on debt.


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