The new Russian airport received the first flights on the 18th and from December 1 the regular services begin.
Located in south-western Russia, the new Platov International Airport (ROV) was built to serve the city of Rostov-on-Don and replace the current Rostov-on-Don International Airport (RIV).
The airport received its first flights on Saturday, November 18. A Sukhoi Superjet 100 of Azimuth arrived from the Rostov on Don Airport with one hundred honorable guests such as the Russian Minister of Transport Maxim Sokolov, the Governor of the Rostov Region Vasily Golubev, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Group “Renova” Viktor Vekselberg and some honorable citizens of the Rostov region. Representatives of federal services and departments, executive and legislative authorities of the region, law enforcement agencies and various regional media also arrived.
The first flight was received with the classic water arch made by the airport firemen.
Subsequently, the first flight from Moscow was operated by an Airbus A319 of the airline Rossiya, a subsidiary of Aeroflot. Among his passengers, representatives of Rosaviatsiya, a company associated with the project, headed by the director of the agency Alexander Neradko, arrived.
The passengers descended using the new telescopic jet bridges that allow entering the terminal building in a fast and comfortable way avoiding going out onto the platform.
On November 24, a team of 150 volunteers tested the new airport equipment.
Meanwhile, today November 27, the Platov International Airport receives its IATA code “ROV”, which was used to designate the Rostov On Don Airport, which from now on will carry the RIV code.
On December 7, the Azimuth airline will establish its hub at this airport, and gradually the flights will move their operations from the old airport to Platov.
As of March 1, 2018, all scheduled flights will be operating at the new airport.
The Platov Airport was built on old fields of crops located near the small towns of Valovyy and Grushevskaya, about 40 kilometers north of donwtown Rostov-on-Don, in the Rostov Oblast.
It is the largest project built in the Rostov region, and it is the first airport of that magnitude to be built from scratch in the post-Soviet era.
Its main objective is to replace the Rostov on Don Airport, located near the center of the city, which will then be closed and integrated into urban development.
The construction of the new airport is carried out within the framework of the federal program “Development of the transport system of Russia (2010-2020)”, and of the Preparation Program of the Russian Federation for the celebration of the 2018 World Cup. The construction of the Platov Airport is carried out on the basis of a public-private partnership, with its members being the Ministry of Transport, the Federal Air Transport Agency, the Federal State Unitary Enterprise AGA (A), the Government of the Rostov region and the management company “Airports of the region”.
The project demanded an investment of 45 billion rubles (approximately 769,000,000 million dollars).
Characteristics of the Platov International Airport:
- The total area of the passenger terminal is 50 thousand square meters.
- Capacity: 1,791 passengers per hour.
- Number of telescopic jet bridges: 9
- Parking Capacity: 2500 cars
- Cargo handling: 20 thousand tons per year.
- Runway: 3600 meters length and 45 width.
- Category ICAO II.
- Taxiways and a parking platform for 45 aircraft, loading platform, engineering networks, control and dispatch center, main emergency and rescue stations, and other airport infrastructure facilities.
The type of Boeing 777-300ER aircraft was adopted as a model for the calculated type of aircraft with a traffic limit of up to 10 daily departures.
The total surface of the airport is about 535 hectares, while the passenger terminal covers some 50,629 square meters.
In addition to the passenger terminal, the airport complex will have a Duty Free building, a VIP terminal, a cargo complex and a recreation park with huge fountains.
The Platov International Airport is connected to the city of Rostov-on-Don through the federal highway M4 “Don”, which has 4 lanes, 2 in each direction. The access to the airport complex also has 4 lanes.
Public transport options to get to the airport are under discussion, two urban bus routes are currently approved, and projects to include express buses and high-speed trams are debated.