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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Rail Line Planned to Sheremetyevo

Russian Railways will spend 2 billion rubles ($75 million) in 2007 to build a branch line to Sheremetyevo Airport.

The eight-kilometer link, to begin operation in 2008, will connect Savyolovsky Station with the airport, Russian Railways said Monday in a statement. The existing line bypasses the airport.

State-owned Sheremetyevo, once Russia's main port of entry by air, gave way to renovated rival Domodedovo Airport in 2005 as the country's busiest, after losing a few domestic and international airlines. Sheremetyevo served 12.8 million passengers last year, while Domodedovo handled 15.3 million.

It now takes 40 minutes by rail from Savyolovsky and then at least 25 minutes by bus to get to Sheremetyevo, said Dmitry Pertsev, a Russian Railways spokesman. The trip will take about 30 minutes in total when the new link enters operation.

Domodedovo, operated by closely held East Line Group, was the first Moscow airport to get a rail connection, in 2002.

Vnukovo Airport, the city's third largest, got a direct rail link in 2005.