Thursday, August 17, 2017

Aeroexpress celebrates Sheremetyevo's five-year anniversary

Aeroexpress celebrated the five-year anniversary of its Sheremetyevo airport station on Wednesday.

Construction of the five-story Sheremetyevo terminal was launched in June 2008 to provide airport passengers with rail service into Belarus. Later, the station connected the airport with the nearby Savelovsky station.

In its first year of operation, the Sheremetyevo station transported little over 560,000 passengers. However, in 2009 alone the number of passengers traveling through the rail station increased to 1.5 million. The popularity of the station continued to grow steadily, and in 2013, more than 6.6 million customers passed through the station.

Since opening the Sheremetyevo station, Aeroexpress has continuously improved the quality of its rail car fleet, adding 30 percent more seats to each rail car and 20 percent more room for passenger baggage. The average train arriving and departing at the Sheremetyevo station is comprised of eight cars.

Presently, the Sheremetyevo station contains a full range of passenger services including a pharmacy, a selection of restaurants, retail shops, ATMs, mobile phone kiosks, a boutique hotel, luggage wrapping services and Skype kiosks. By the end of the year, Aeroexpress hopes to outfit its Domodedovo airport train station to contain many of the amenities of the Sheremetyevo station while continuing to expand the range of services offered at Sheremetyevo.

"We are ready to grow with the airport," Aeroexpress CEO Alexei Sorokin said. "Together with the Railways and the Government of Moscow are discussing the construction of a separate railway terminal on the Belarusian railway station, from where the message will be set to the North Terminal of the airport."

By the middle of 2015, Aeroexpress plans to run Swiss-produced double-decker trains through the Belarusian and Sheremetyevo train stations.