"We are closely monitoring the development of Zhukovsky airport in anticipation of the 2017 Confederations Cup and the 2018 World Cup,” Director General of the Directorate Meshcheryakov said. “We do not rule out that the airport can play a significant role in redistribution of passenger traffic in the Moscow aviation hub, including passengers from abroad. We expect that this transport hub will be the one to take up the major load in receiving guests and fans during the 2018 World Cup. We monitor all changes in the transport infrastructure of host cities of the 2018 World Cup and make necessary adjustments to the Joint operational transport plan designed to optimize passenger traffic during major sporting events. We can only wish Zhukovsky Airport further development in order to receive fans of the 2018 World Cup with more comfort," he added.
11 airlines received permission for international flights – to six European countries, countries of the former Soviet Union, as well as in the United States, China and Turkey.
Zhukovsky airport, previously used as a military airfield and as a platform for the Moscow International Air Show, is located near the town of Zhukovsky in the Moscow region. Currently there is one passenger terminal with an area of 17,000 sq. meters, which can handle up to 2 million passengers per year. It features a 5.5 km runway and has no restrictions on types of aircraft.