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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sibir Plans To Switch Airports

Sibir will move all its regular flights from Vnukovo Airport to recently upgraded Domodedovo as of May 15, the No. 2 airline said Wednesday.

"We have big transfer programs for passengers from Siberia and the Far East flying to southern destinations, and as Domodedovo offers better conditions, we have taken the decision to move our summer season flights," Sibir deputy general director Mikhail Koshman said.

The airline will launch an information and advertising campaign May 1 to alert passengers about the move, and will operate shuttle buses from Vnukovo Airport just in case, Koshman said.

Sibir moved its charter operations from Vnukovo and Sheremetyevo airports earlier this month.

Domodedovo general director Sergei Rudakov would not comment on Sibir's move, but said the airport was ready to handle new passengers.

Domodedovo operator East Line has spent $300 million upgrading the airport, which last year experienced a 40 percent jump in traffic to 3.9 million passengers.

The revamped airport has gained more clients with airlines defecting from Sheremetyevo and Vnukovo airports.

Vnukovo Airport for its part was less reticent -- Sibir accounts for at least 40 percent of its business and is a major loss for the airport.

Vnukovo's deputy general director Viktor Boikov said he hopes Sibir will reconsider its decision in a year's time when Vnukovo has its own international terminal.