The spaceship-like complex opened a new terminal at Crimea’s Simferopol International Airport and welcomed its first flight from Moscow.

New 'cosmic' airport in Crimea offers flights to Venus & Mars

The facility is located 6 km from the old airport it replaces. It was built in 22 months and covers an area of 78,000 square meters. The hub can handle 3,650 passengers per hour or 6.5 million per year. Eventually, the annual passenger flow is expected to gradually increase to 10 million people.

The Moscow Sheremetyevo-based Nordwind Airlines plans to boost service to the Crimea this summer and will fly to 27 destinations from Simferopol. Since 2015, the airport serves more than 5 million passengers a year. During the first three months of 2018, traffic grew 7% year-on-year to over 600,000 passengers.

The decision to build a new airport terminal in Simferopol followed a sharp increase in passenger traffic after the peninsula’s reunification with Russia in 2014. The new terminal has been unofficially dubbed a “spaceport” due to its futuristic appearance. Its opening was turned into an appropriate show with characters from the Star Wars saga.

The new complex was designed by one of the leading architectural companies in the world, South Korean company Samoo Architects & Engineers. To create a wave-like silhouette of the new air terminal, specialists assembled more than 5,000 tons of metal assembly blocks.

RT.com / Flash Point Aviation News 2018.

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People of Crimea are happier now?