The Sheremetyevo International Airport is 29 kilometres north-west of Moscow. There are three major airports serving the Moscow area, and Sheremetyevo is the second largest airport in Russia. The airport opened in 1959 and had one terminal. Another terminal was opened in 1964 for domestic flights called Terminal 1. Terminal 2 was opened in 1980 for the 1980 Summer Olympics and was for international flights. The two terminals are separate with no connection except that they use the same runways.
For ten years, from 2000 to 2010 the terminals were being upgraded and two new terminals were built near each previous terminal. The terminals are now officially called Terminal F, Terminal D, Terminal B, Terminal E and Terminal C. Terminals D, E and F are connected with passage galleries to a terminal complex so that passengers can freely move between terminals. There are parking areas in front of each terminal. Free shuttle buses travel between the South and North terminal complexes.
The airline offers luggage wrapping in each terminal departure area of the special control areas. It is open 24 hours and also has mobile wrapping units. If the luggage needs to be opened at the security check-in, it will be rewrapped for free.
There is a luggage room in Terminal C for storing luggage. Luggage trolleys are free as are medical services and air transport police services. In Terminals C, E and F are churches or chapels for religious services.
Passengers with reduced mobility must inform their airline at least 72 hours before the scheduled departure time. Personnel in the airport will also help passengers of reduced mobility if the airport is informed in advance. Help will be given for passengers to pass customs, go through passport clearance and board the aircraft. If necessary, they can be accompanied by a qualified medical employee.
The Sirius lounge is especially for disabled passengers. It has accessible toilets, TVs with hearing aids, an Internet café with free Wifi access, and devices for reading for the visually impaired. Disabled passengers can park free of charge in the designated places if they call in advance or if on arrival at the airport the proper documents are presented.
Each terminal has a first aid station. There are also child-care rooms in each terminal with baby beds, comfortable chairs, and tables for changing diapers. There is also a kitchen, shower, and play area with toys and other entertainment. These services are intended for outbound mothers and are open 24 hours free of charge.
The VIP lounges in Terminal D and Terminal F have comfortable chairs and business services available. Passengers can check-in to their flight and go through customs and border control while waiting in the VIP lounge. Passengers and their luggage will be transported to the aircraft. Payment may be made at the VIP lounge. First Class and Business Class passengers also have a special lounge in Terminal C on the fourth floor.
There are cafes, bars, and shops in each terminal and a pharmacy in departures on the first floor of Terminal B and C. Duty Free shops are in Terminal F after passport control. The car rental desk is in the international arrivals hall of Terminal D.
Throughout the Sheremetyevo International Airport there is free Wifi without any limits. The Wifi networks of mobile operators are on a fee basis. The post offices in Terminals B and F also offer money transfers, telephones, photocopying, fax, and mobile sim cards.
Cargo transport is available at the airport including cargo and mail shipments. There are warehouse operations, platforms for processing cargo, servicing, and accounting of packing for airline companies and cargo receivers and shippers.