Russia’s new Platov International Airport, which will serve Rostov-on-Don, will begin aircraft testing from Oct. 16-Nov. 20, as it prepares for a December 2017 opening.

The new airport will test aircraft handling at the apron, passenger and luggage departure, arrival and transfer. The airport’s parking complex will also be tested during that time. The airport expects to complete staff recruitment in the middle of November.

Construction started at the end of 2014 for the new airport, which was previously known as Yuzhny International; it was later renamed Platov.

Renova Group subsidiary Airports of Regions is leading construction of the new airport, which will have a 50,600 sq m passenger terminal and 3,600 m runway. Platov will be able to handle up to 8 million passengers per year.

Regional carrier Azimuth Airline will base its Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) fleet at the new airport.

The existing Rostov Airport opened in 1925. Its passenger terminal area is 17,000 sq m and the runway length is 2,600 m. It is surrounded by residential areas and has no space for further development. It is managed by Airports of Regions, which also operates Yekaterinburg’s Koltsovo, Kurumoch Airport in Samara and Strigino International Airport in Nizhny Novgorod.

Polina Montag-Girmes