Transaero Airlines is suspending flights from Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport from the start of the 2014/15 winter schedule.

The carrier is to use the city’s Vnukovo and Domodedovo airports while the northern area of Sheremetyevo is redeveloped.

The projects to develop a new Terminal B and a terminal-to-terminal tunnel are being carried out as part of preparations for Russia hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The airline and the airport plan to resume their co-operation in the future, according to a joint statement. Transaero has used Sheremetyevo for seven years.

“This decision is in line with the carrier’s new development strategy, dedicated to rational growth, efficiency and strategic focus, as well as its cost reduction programme,” the airline said.

“According to the programme, Transaero will focus on operating tourist services with a high density of passenger traffic from Moscow airports with the widest network of flights across Russia and the CIS.

Transaero will run 59 routes from Vnukovo and 49 from Domodedovo airport.