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23 января 2017

Complex Development of Tolmachevo Airport - Strategic Purpose for the Siberian Region

On 23 January, the Envoy from the President of the Russian Federation in the Siberian Federal District Sergey Menyaylo became familiarized with the development plan of the largest airport complex in the Asian part of Russia – NOVOSIBIRSK International Airport (Tolmachevo). The airport is a transit centre of passenger, cargo and mail transportation at the intersection of the main air routes, connecting Europe with China and the countries of Southeast Asia.

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Operation of customs control zone and state border entry-point was presented to the Envoy in the international airlines section of the passenger terminal. The number of passport control checkpoints was increased here as part of reconstruction. Sergey Menyaylo also visited domestic airlines section, where he familiarized with the security system based on "Sibscan" х-ray control.

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According to the Envoy, the complex development of Tolmachevo airport is of strategic importance not only for the economy of the Novosibirsk Region, but also for the whole Siberian region. "It is important to make the fullest use of advantageous geographical location to create a major international hub, provide the fastest and the most convenient variants of passenger and cargo transportation on different destinations", noted Sergey Menyaylo. This, in its turn, will contribute to facilitation of related economic sectors and will increase investment attractiveness of the territory in general, the Envoy is convinced.

It is also necessary to expand interregional projects, thus improving transport accessibility of the airport for the nearby regions of Siberian Federal District, thus creating opportunities for realizing the unique tourist potential of Siberia, considers the Envoy.

Modernization of the airport airfield is anticipated by the Federal Targeted Program "Development of transport system of Russia in 2010-2020". The project includes development of maneuvering areas of runways, construction of passenger and cargo aprons, electricity supply facilities, water treatment plants. Besides, among key priorities of Tolmachevo development there are two runways simultaneous use concept implementation, construction of extra parkings for wide-body aircraft handling.

According to General Director of Airport Tolmachevo JSC Evgeniy Yankilevich, at present the role of the airport as a transfer hub is gaining more importance. For instance, the growth of transfer passenger traffic amounted to 70%, following the results of 2016. Active work is carried out to attract foreign cargo airlines to use Tolmachevo for technical stops. In addition, it is planned to further develop mail hub on the basis of Tolmachevo airport.

NOVOSIBIRSK International Airport is the largest air hub in Russia east of the Urals on major transit routes between Europe and Asia. The capacity of domestic terminal makes up to 1,800 passengers per hour, while the international terminal capacity – up to 1300 passengers per hour. The airport has two runways of ICAO I and II Categories.

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