Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Nizhny Novgorod on March 29 to see the new international terminal at the Nizhny Novgorod International Airport (Strigino), built for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov, General Director of Airports of Regions Management Company Evgeny Chudnovsky, Renova Group Board of Directors Viktor Vekselberg, and Governor of the Nizhny Novgorod Region Valery Shantsev accompanied the President, showing him, in particular, the airport’s presentation and layout with the adjacent territory.
Accordign to Chudnovsky, after the station for future high-speed railway line Moscow-Nizhny Novgorod-Kazan is built, it will take 1.5 hours to travel from Moscow to the Nizhny Novgorod airport.
Putin asked about the parameters of runways’ reconstruction and whether the adjacent roads will be ready for the 2018 World Cup. "We'll make it," Nizhny Novgorod Region Governor assured the President. General Director of Airports of Regions Management Company Evgeny Chudnovsky reported on modernization of other airports in the host-cities of the 2018 World Cup matches.
"We checked the new terminal, both in the aviation sector, and commercial. Restaurants, cafes, bank, and pharmacy – everything is at a good level. The feedback is positive. We can say that this terminal is one of the best of the recent built in Russia," Nizhny Novgorod Region Governor commented on the visit of the Russian President to the Nizhny Novgorod International Airport (Strigino).
Nizhny Novgorod International Airport (Strigino)
The total capacity of the Nizhny Novgorod Airport international terminal, put into construction in July 2014, amounts to more than 1.5 million people a year. The building is equipped with four telescopic passageway, 17 check-in desks and four baggage "carousels", as well as all necessary modern technological equipment.
The terminal held the first test flight on December 30, 2015; full-length operation of the facility in a test mode began on March 4.
Currently, the new terminal operates all domestic flights; international flights are scheduled for the Q2 2016. The second and third phases of the complex are planned, as the passenger traffic grows. At the same time, the prospects for the development of air gates are associated with the construction of the station for the future high-speed railway line Moscow-Nizhny Novgorod-Kazan, which will create a single transport unit.Construction of a new international terminal was carried out at the expense of the investor - Airports of Regions Management Company of Renova Group. The cost of the project totaled 4.6 billion rubles. In addition, the federal target program for the development of the Russian transport system and the preparation program for the 2018 World Cup included reconstruction of the airport’s runways. It is planned to finish the reconstruction of the existing airfield is planned by 2017. The reconstruction implies extending the runway to 3,000 meters, which will allow accommodating all types of aircraft. The total amount of federal funding for the renovation amounts to 5.4 billion rubles, last year 1.8 billion rubles was spent on the program.