On this day: Sheremetyevo International Airport was opened

The Ilyushin Il-62M civil jet airplane of Aeroflot installed and opened as a historical monument on the North part of Sheremetyevo Airport near its very first passenger terminal opened 1959.

The Ilyushin Il-62M civil jet airplane of Aeroflot installed and opened as a historical monument on the North part of Sheremetyevo Airport near its very first passenger terminal opened 1959.

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It’s the largest terminal complex in Russia

On Aug. 11, 1959 a Tupolev Tu-104 aircraft flying from Leningrad landed in Sheremetyevo. This day is considered the official birthday of Sheremetyevo International Airport.

On June 1, 1960 the first international flight set off from Sheremetyevo to Berlin Schönefeld Airport. In October 1967 the Ilyushin Il-62 aircraft made the first flight to Paris and in November 1967 the first flight to New York was scheduled.

Today, Sheremetyevo is the largest Russian airport for international flights (more than 200 international destinations). Almost 150 airlines operate here, flying to over 100 countries. Also, it is the country’s largest terminal complex – it has five passenger terminals (terminals А, С, D, E, F). Each year the airport handles more than 30 million passengers and more than 250,000 flights, making it the busiest in Russia.

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