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For post-COVID-19 operations, Sheremetyevo Airport considers two options

Sheremetyevo’s Chairman, Alexander Ponomarenko, discusses the airport’s response to the pandemic and the prospects for resuming normal activity.

Sheremetyevo Airport considers two options fro post COVID-19

Two potential scenarios are being considered at Sheremetyevo International Airport in regard to reopening the airport as soon as possible after the COVID-19 pandemic has passed.

The first involves resuming international flights in July with the gradual restoration of passenger traffic until the end of 2020.

The second is more complex, in which the restoration of passenger traffic to the level of 2019 will be much slower; taking at least 12 months. This would mean Sheremetyevo would not reach its 2019 traffic levels until mid-2021.

Sheremetyevo temporarily closed terminals C, D and E, and significantly reduced all non-production costs, reallocated resources and optimised processes and staff work schedules.

“Professionals who need to be at their workplaces accomplish a real feat. We express a huge human gratitude to our staff serving flights in Terminal F, to doctors who meet passengers around the clock; as well as all health workers in the world, those who are now at the forefront of the struggle and risk their lives and health,” said Sheremetyevo’s Chairman, Alexander Ponomarenko.

Ponomarenko stated the terminals would be open again soon, once the pandemic has passed. Sheremetyevo will be monitoring the situation in Europe and watching how European nations come out of the crisis.

“I am sure that soon the world will manage the coronavirus. Humanity will overcome this crisis and learn very important lessons. Despite the existing contradictions, everyone has rallied around this disaster,” Ponomarenko concluded.

Most construction projects at the airport have been frozen except for the construction of the first runway, which will continue before winter sets in.

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