Fourth international airport in Moscow opens

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 07:11 GMT, May 31, 2016 |

The Russian capital opens its fourth international airport on Monday.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on May 31 attended the opening of the Zhukovsky airport about 40 kilometers southeast of Moscow city centre which will serve four million passengers annually.

Moscow’s fourth international airport has opened despite a downturn in traffic caused by the economic recession and international sanctions on Russia.

The airport was originally planned to reduce the build-up of passengers at the three existing airports — Domodedovo, Sheremetyevo, and Vnukovo — following years of strong growth in passenger traffic.