Sheremetyevo International Airport (SIA) in Russia’s capital Moscow has commissioned its newly renovated Runway-1, which is expected to increase the airport’s capacity to serve about 110 million passengers per year.

The new runway consists of two new high-speed-exit taxiways.

The reconstruction of the runway, which was a part of the airport’s Long-term Development Programme, was completed at a cost of more than $114m.

The project was financed directly, and investments made under the concession agreement terms will be recovered from the take-off and landing fees levied to aircraft.

SIA board of director’s chairman Alexander Ponomarenko said: “We were able to do the reconstruction of Runway-1, which is an important stage in the development of the airfield complex thanks to the current concession agreement between the government, represented by Rosaviatsia, and Sheremetyevo airport.

“As a result, today we have three runways, which—together with the development of terminal capacity and in the context of normalising passenger traffic volume—provide an opportunity to achieve our strategic goal: serving 110 million passengers per year.”

Construction and installation work was finished within ten months, while the airport was still functioning.

During the construction period, landing and take-off procedures at the airfield were taking place on the existing runways, Runway-2 and Runway-3.

The new runway is about 3552.5m long and has a load-bearing segment that is 60m wide.

It can accommodate all kinds and modifications of Russian and foreign airplanes as well as upcoming aircrafts.

The new runway will not only enhance the fuel efficiency as well as safety of airlines but also help them operate on time.

Moreover, through the use of conflict-free arrival and departure arrangements, it will also decrease the workload of traffic-control and flight personnel.