Infrastructure for Sochi International Airport's VIP terminal

Project goals

Basel Aero (part of the Basic Element holding company) manages airports in Sochi, Krasnodar, Gelendzhik, and Anapa in southern Russia. These airports presently handle 7% of all air passenger traffic in Russia and service over 50 airlines. In 2013, Basel Aero's airports provided services to more than 6 million passengers, 39% of whom were at Sochi International Airport.

The most important goal for Basel Aero was getting Sochi International Airport ready for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. The company built a VIP terminal designed to receive both domestic and international flights in order to serve official delegations and dignitaries at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. The new building's VIP status meant special requirements for security and engineering systems, as well as the terminal's IT infrastructure. The Federal Guard Service of the Russian Federation (FSO) is one of the organizations which formally accepted the project.

Asteros, which had already completed a number of large-scale projects for Basel Aero including IT infrastructure for the new turnkey air terminal at Sochi airport built from 2008-2010, was chosen as the project manager.

Description of the project

Asteros started working on the VIP terminal in Sochi in April 2013. The first work on the procurement and delivery of equipment started at the working documentation stage.

One of the important requirements was that the VIP terminal's equipment must be noiseless. This was particularly important for ventilation and air-conditioning systems. The terminal was equipped with premium Daikin air handling units, noise reduction devices, and Trox diffusers.

In one month, the professionals from Asteros designed and deployed all the infrastructure that the airport's new terminal required:

The VIP terminal's telecommunications infrastructure totally complies with the FSO's requirements and is ready to be connected to the internal and external communication systems of power structures.


Presently, the VIP terminal at Sochi airport has already been put into operation and receives all classes of passengers. The terminal building is divided into a VIP zone and an area for receiving officials and delegations. Passengers can receive a full range of ground services, from check-in to boarding, in both of these areas. Furthermore, the VIP terminal is equipped with five rooms for business activities and scheduled meetings in addition to a lounge.

The first passengers at the VIP terminal were participants at the International Investment Forum, which took place September 26-29, 2013. The new terminal was officially opened on December 10, 2013.

This is the first time in Russia that a green airport has been built using solar energy. The terminal's roof has solar panels connected to the hot water supply system that will provide 85% of the airport's hot water in the summer and 25% in the winter. Moreover, the terminal building itself has been designed in a very open style to allow for natural lighting. All of this makes it possible to not only save on electrical energy expenses but also reduce dependence on electrical power networks in southern Russia.

Tatiana Lemesheva, Sales Director in the Transportation and Aviation Department of the Asteros Group

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