The terminal complex at Domodedovo International Airport in Russia is undergoing a major upgrade as part of the airport’s expansion project.

A second terminal, named Terminal 2 (T2), is being constructed to increase the airport’s annual passenger handling capacity as well as provide passengers with improved amenities and services.

The expansion project will double the size of the terminal area, increasing its capacity to more than 45 million passengers a year.

This will be followed by a third phase of expansion, which will see the construction of Terminal 3 (T3) within the same terminal complex.

Construction of T2 was initiated in 2015 and is scheduled to be completed before the 2018 FIFA World Cup, to be hosted in the country.

The expansion will also attract more travellers to the country, while securing the Domodedovo airport‘s position as a preferred transfer hub for both Asia-pacific and European Union passengers.

Design details of new Terminal 2 at Domodedovo airport

Terminal 2 is designed within the framework of the ‘Under One Roof’ principle, which aims to develop a single terminal complex to improve passenger services and transfers, minimise delays, and avoid conflicting passenger flows.

The new terminal complements the aesthetics of the existing terminal complex. It features a circular glass-domed gallery, as well as business lounges, coffee shops, bars, restaurants and duty-free shops along its perimeter.

Features and facilities in Domodedovo airport terminal 2

Developed to handle international operations, T2 is being constructed at the north-eastern part of the airport complex, and will be connected to the existing Terminal 1. It will add 235,000m² of area, nearly doubling the total passenger terminal area at the airport to 500,000m².

The terminal will feature a total of seven floors, including two underground levels for arriving and departing passengers, and another level housing service zones for first class, business class and VIP passengers.

T2 will offer 100 check-in desks, more than 40 self-check-in kiosks, airline offices, tourist centres, concessions and special zones to serve transferring passengers. It will incorporate fully automated control units for utility infrastructure management.

The second development phase will involve the construction of a concourse with 19 aircraft parking stands for large passenger aircraft, such as the Airbus A380. The stands will feature pop-up pit systems to supply electricity, air conditioning, sewage systems and drinking water pipelines to the aircraft.

Baggage handling systems

The new terminal will feature innovative baggage handling systems, including Tubtrax 2.0, an individual carrier solution, and Bagstore, which offers more than 1,000 storage spaces.

Capable of processing approximately 5,400 bags an hour, the baggage system will also feature advanced screening technology, compliant with European Civil Aviation norms, as well as check-in positions and carousels.

Multi-level car parking

“T2 will offer 100 check-in desks, more than 40 self-check-in kiosks, airline offices, tourist centres, concessions and special zones to serve transferring passengers."

A new multi-level car park has been planned close to T2. The nine-level building will include three underground and six above-ground levels, and 3,500 parking spaces. A total of 1,500 spaces will be created during the first phase, which is scheduled for completion by 2017.

The car park will be connected to the new terminal through a pedestrian gallery underneath the elevated car road. With the completion of the new car park, the capacity of a wide parking network of private vehicles at the airport will be increased to roughly 9,600 parking spaces.

Contractors involved

Russian design consultancy firm Signy Group has been appointed design manager for the T2 project, while the construction contract has been awarded to ANTTEQ, an engineering and construction company.

The baggage handling system for the terminal was supplied by Vanderlande, a Netherlands-based material handling and logistics automation company.


The estimated investment for the Terminal 2 development project is more than RUB27bn ($420.6m), while the multi-level car park construction will cost RUB2.3bn ($35.8), which was raised from Raiffeisen Bank International.