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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Transaero Moving to Domodedovo

Having celebrated its multi-million western-style uplift last year, Domodedovo airport is now wooing more clients.

Domestic private airline Transaero will move its services from its current home base at Sheremetyevo-1 to Domodedovo on April 24, company chairman Alexander Pleshakov told reporters at the airport Monday.

Air Malta will also begin its operation from Domodedovo on Friday, making it the first foreign airline to switch to that airport.

One reason for Transaero's decision to change airports, Pleshakov said, was that Domodedovo is Moscow's first integrated transport center that combines an airport and a railway.

Domodedovo, located 35 kilometers southeast of the city center, is the only local airport accessible not only by road but by train as well. Express trains leave Moscow's Paveletsky station every hour to take passengers to Domodedovo in 55 minutes.

Pleshakov said the move from Sheremetyevo-1 corresponds to the airline's growing demands in comfort and would reduce its service bill by up to 30 million rubles ($1.05 million) a year.

Transaero also expects to increase its annual revenues $4 million to $5 million by increasing passenger volume, he said. Last year it carried 430,000 passengers.

Transaero, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary later this year, flies to 25 cities in Russia, the CIS and abroad.

Operated by the East Line Group of companies, which also owns an eponymous airline, Domodedovo services 60 scheduled and 100 charter airlines.

"There is no sense in providing good services on the ground and disappoint in the air," said East Line Group chairman Dmitry Kamenshchik. "We are confident that Transaero is a company that will uphold the standards that we've created in the reconstructed airport."

With the first foreign airline in its portfolio, Domodedovo is now trying to woo other Western airlines such as Swiss Air and Lufthansa.

Ulrich Ruger, Russia and CIS manager for German carrier Lufthansa, said his airline — together with the other Star Alliance partners that fly to Russia — may soon opt for Domodedovo over Helsinki as its bad weather alternative to Sheremetyevo.