The first new Aeroexpress electric train services between Vladivostok and Knevichy airport were launched on 20 July as part of an intermodal passenger transport project. Trains will depart simultaneously every two hours from Vladivostok and Artyom stations and every hour from 1 September 2012. The full service to Knevichy airport will begin after the new international terminal at Vladivostok airport is commissioned.
The first passenger on the new service, Vadim Nozdrin from Vladivostok, received flowers and a commemorative certificate.
The intermodal passenger transport project between Vladivostok and Knevichy airport is part of the sub-programme “Development of Vladivostok as a Centre of International Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific Region for 2008-2012” and a component of the targeted federal programme “Economic and Social Development of the Far East and Transbaikal until 2013”.
During the project, Russian Railways also carried out considerable modernisation of the existing infrastructure, platforms and overhead system and laid more than 4 km of new electrified track. The Company also constructed terminal complexes for air passengers and a railway flyover across the highway.
Total project costs amounted to over 8 billion roubles.