The new airport complex of the city of Simferopol welcomed its first passengers arriving to Crimea with a flight from Moscow on April 16, TASS reports.
The Nordwind airline jet flying from Moscow to Simferopol landed in the airport at 8:20 AM Moscow time.
The new airport terminal was designed by the world’s leading South Korean architectural company Samoo Architects & Engineers.
“Nature of the Crimean peninsula was the main inspiration for the designers who took the image of the sea and called their project Crimean Wave”, said the airport’s press service.
The airport officials also reported about the special features of design and construction of the terminal, “A total of 7,000 tons of metal structures were installed. It’s only 300 tons less than the amount of metal used to build the Eiffel Tower.”
The construction of Simferopol’s new international airport terminal took 22 months. A permit to operate a new airport complex was issued by the Federal Air Transport Agency on April 12.
An investment agreement to build a new airport terminal complex for the city of Simferopol was reached on April 2016 during the Second Yalta International Economic Forum. International Airport Simferopol LLC commissioned AKONS PRO (formerly Alpha Construction LLC) as the general contractor of the project. A total of 32 billion rubles (approximately 420 million euros) was invested.
The need to build a new airport terminal in the city of Simferopol came after reunification of Crimea with Russia in 2014. That is when the sharp increase in passenger traffic took place. In 2013 the airport welcomed 1.2 million passengers, in 2014 this figure doubled to 2.8 million. Since 2015, the airport serves more than 5 million passengers per year.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency