Phase 1 of the new terminal at Nizhny Novgorod Airport will start operations in December 2015.
The general contractor for the modernisation project is PSJ.
The existing terminal at Strigino International Airport was commissioned in 1965. Image courtesy of Vmenkov.
The airport is one of the oldest in Russia. Image courtesy of Morido.

Nizhny Novgorod Airport

Nizhny Novgorod International Airport is located in the Avtozavodsky District, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. Also known as Strigino International Airport, it started operations in 1923 and is regarded as one of the oldest airports in the country. It gained international status in 1993.

With an estimated cost of more than RUB3bn (approximately $88m), the airport’s modernisation programme was announced in February 2011 and will finish in 2021. The first phase of the three-phased project involves the construction of a new terminal, which started in June 2014 and is slated to open in 2015.

The modernisation is essential as Nizhny Novgorod is one of the host cities in the FIFA World Cup 2018.

"The modernisation is essential as Nizhny Novgorod is one of the host cities in the FIFA World Cup 2018."

The airport is owned and operated by Nizhny Novgorod International Airport (MANN). Ekaterinburg’s Koltsovo Airport and the Nizhny Novgorod Oblast Government are the investors for the modernisation project.

Nizhny Novgorod Airport modernisation details

The new terminal building under Phase 1 will cover a floor area of 15,000m². It will feature four airbridges, automated baggage handling system and 19 check-in desks, including one desk reserved for passengers with heavy luggage and another desk exclusively for people with reduced mobility.

The terminal will feature lounge spaces, mother and child rooms and a 1,500m² area of shops and cafés. The first phase also includes a new 10,000m² parking area for 200 cars with special reserved areas for people with reduced mobility.

The RUB400m (approximately $11.68m) Phase 2 will add 5,000m² to the terminal’s floor area, as well as 150 parking spaces.

Phase 3 will increase the total floor area of the building to 24,800mm² and will cost approximately RUB300m (approximately $8.76m). The terminal will serve more than 1.5 billion passengers annually and the parking spaces will be ultimately increased to 800.

Runways at Nizhy Novgorod Airport

The airport has two runways. The first runway was opened in 1958 and extended during 1966-1973. It is topped with asphalt-concrete and is 2,509m long and 45m wide. The second runway opened in 1980. Topped with cement-concrete, it is 2,805m long and 45m wide.

Facilities at the Russian airport

The airport’s existing two-floor terminal was opened in 1965. It features a business lounge, a special lounge for officials and delegations, air and railway ticket booking counters, a baggage checking room, ATMs, an airline office, a post office and foreign currency exchange facilities. Wi-Fi access is provided throughout the terminal.

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The airport also features an office building, a garage, an aircraft maintenance building, a cargo warehouse, apron area, air traffic control (ATC) tower and an airport hotel with six floors. A car park is situated 500m from the terminal building.

The storage area of the airport’s cargo terminal covers approximately 1,000m². The cargo terminal will be expanded when the airport modernisation is complete.

Contractors and financiers

The general contractor for the new terminal project is PSJ. The technical concept for the airport modernisation was provided by Hochtief under a contract worth RUB9m.

In May 2012, Ramboll was contracted to design the new terminal building, including the car park and a new access road for the project.

MANN was awarded a ten-year loan of RUB3bn (approximately $88m) in June 2014 for the implementation of Phase 1.