Sheremetyevo International Airport (MASH) and Smartavia, one of the ten largest Russian airlines in terms of the number of passengers (1.9 million people in seven months), will sign an agreement on September 14 to start basing the airline’s aircraft at the airport. A Smartavia spokesman told Vedomosti that the carrier intends to use Sheremetyevo as the second base airport in the Moscow air hub, rejecting other explanations.
Currently, Smartavia hubs are located in the capital’s Domodedovo, St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo and at the Arkhangelsk airport. Its fleet is based in these cities: 12 narrow-body Boeing 737-700 / 800 and three A320neo. Sheremetyevo could lure the carrier by offering better service conditions, suggests an employee of one Russian airline. According to data from open sources, basic tariffs at Sheremetyevo are higher than at Vnukovo and Domodedovo. For example, the charge for take-off and landing at MASH is 485 rubles, at Domodedovo – 327 rubles, at Vnukovo – 230 rubles. for 1 ton of maximum take-off weight, the provision of a terminal at Vnukovo costs 76-108 rubles. per passenger, at Domodedovo – 140–195 rubles, at Sheremetyevo – at 122–482 rubles. “But tariffs can always be negotiated. This means that Sheremetyevo offered more favorable conditions, ”says Andrey Kramarenko, a leading expert at the Center for Infrastructure Projects at the Higher School of Economics.