The VIP-lounges in Russian airports will close separate passport control and custom offices
The Russian airports' VIP-passengers will now be standing in the general queue at passport control and pre-flight inspection, according to the newspaper Kommersant with reference to the decision of the Federal Security Service (FSB).
According to the publication, FSB insists at the closing of these offices, alleging the illegality of such services. So, the passengers still can register to the flight in VIP-lounge, but passport and customs control will take place in general order with other passengers. Because of this, it is recommended to come to the airport at least 1.5 hours prior to departure.
The newspaper notes that in the case of approval of the proposal of FSB, airports will lose a significant part of revenues. According to the newspaper, major airport has 10 million rubles each month from one VIP-lounge.
In Domodedovo airport such service costs 250 euros, in Vnukovo - from 8 to 15 thousand rubles (approx. 130 - 240 euro), in Sheremetyevo - from 11 to 13 thousand rubles (approx. 180 - 210 euro) for one time service or from 155 to 310 thousand rubles (approx. 2 520 - 5 000 euro) per year.
Yury Mishchenko, graduated from Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages, has more than 15 years experience in tourism and travel. Working both in tour operator company as destination manager, and in travel agency as sales manager, he is focused on analysis of Russian tour operators’ daily routine. Recently, Yury works in Baginet Marketing and Sales Agency.