Chelyabinsk authorities responded to the words of the head of Ekaterinburg about a new airport

© RIA Novosti / Alexander Kondratuka in fotobabbles Dubrovsky. Archival photo.Chelyabinsk authorities responded to the words of the head of Ekaterinburg about a new airport© RIA Novosti / Alexander Kondratuka the image Bank

Chelyabinsk Governor Boris Dubrovsky commented on the words of the head of Ekaterinburg about the lack of need for a new airport in Chelyabinsk, noting that after its reconstruction, the residents of the Sverdlovsk and Chelyabinsk regions will widen the choice of departures, increase competition, said authorities in the region.

Earlier, the head of the Ural capital Alexander Vysokinskiy in interview in city hall said that it was not necessary in the construction of the airport’s world-class Chelyabinsk, if you will be running a high speed line linking the city of Yekaterinburg. According to Wysokinska, to get from one city to another can be for an hour, which will increase their attractiveness to investors. As previously reported by the Chelyabinsk authorities, Dubrovsky appealed to the Federal government to expedite funding for the construction of the Chelyabinsk airport, the Chairman of the government of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev ordered to allocate about 1 billion rubles on reconstruction already in the years 2018-2019.

«There is no field for discussion, the new airport in Chelyabinsk will… Yes, it turns out that the new airport of Chelyabinsk, some characteristics will be better, than in Ekaterinburg after the reconstruction Balandino will be the only all-weather international airport in the Urals. And no need to envy! We long and persistently sought this solution out. It is a healthy competition that will encourage airports to provide the best combination of price and quality of services», — the press service quoted the words of the Governor Dubrovsky.

He recalled that at the end of last week, the Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree on appointment of the contractor for the reconstruction of the airport complex of the airport of Chelyabinsk. As noted Dubrovsky, he supports the thesis that «the Chelyabinsk and Yekaterinburg purposefully and simultaneously moving towards the creation in Russia’s third largest polycentric agglomeration in the qualitative development of the highway construction plays a key role.» The Governor added that in this agglomeration will live 4 million people, and it is clear that people need to have a decent selection of convenient and comfortable options of departure in any point of the country and the world.

In his opinion, the appearance of such an opportunity for the residents of both areas – Chelyabinsk and Sverdlovsk – are most welcome. «The quality of the air determines now very much for the effective development of the territories, we can see for example, the second cities of our regions. For example, in Magnitogorsk there is an airport, and Nizhny Tagil it is not. And this is a very serious defect, which I can tell as a person who worked in both cities,» — said Dubrovsky.

He noted that if Yekaterinburg will win the right to host international exhibition EXPO-2025, «it will disappear all doubts that a modern airport in Chelyabinsk it is necessary to develop the logic in which today he is preparing for the summits of SCO and BRICS in 2020». «But the fact that Yekaterinburg will have the right to hold this exhibition, I have no doubt. I wish our partners only victory,» — said the Governor.

The project of creating a VSM Chelyabinsk — Ekaterinburg involves the connection of the centers of the two Ural cities high-speed rail line, reducing journey time to one hour ten minutes. This is considered the variant of the route connecting the airports «Koltsovo» and «Chelyabinsk», which will increase ridership of the railway and strengthen the «air gates» of both cities. Authorities in Chelyabinsk region expect in 2019 to develop the design documentation and in 2021 to reach the construction of high speed railway.