Chelyabinsk Airport

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Chelyabinsk Airport
Аэропорт Челябинск
Balandino Airport logo.png
Balandino Airport panoramic view
Chelyabinsk Balandino Airport panoramic view.jpg
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Novaport
Serves Chelyabinsk
Location Chelyabinsk, Russia
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 771 ft / 235 m
Coordinates 55°18′18″N 061°30′18″E / 55.30500°N 61.50500°E / 55.30500; 61.50500Coordinates: 55°18′18″N 061°30′18″E / 55.30500°N 61.50500°E / 55.30500; 61.50500
Website cekport.ru
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
09/27 10,499 3,200 Concrete

Chelyabinsk Airport (IATA: CEK, ICAO: USCC) is an airport in Russia located 18 km north of Chelyabinsk. It services large airliners and can park up to 51 aircraft. It also serves as a secondary hub for Ural Airlines and Yamal Airlines.

History

Terminal buildings of Chelyabinsk Airport

Passenger flights to Chelyabinsk were served by Chelyabinsk Shagol Airport from 1938 and until it was repurposed for military only use.

The current Chelyabinsk airport, initially called Balandino Airport, was opened in late 1953 with a passenger terminal and a dirt runway. The runway was paved in December 1962. A year later, the first jet plane (a Tu-104) arrived to the airport.

A new terminal was built in 1974 which remains in service to this day as one of the terminal buildings. In 1994, the government-owned airport was privatized and started its first international flights.

Passenger traffic reached 1.1 million and declined heavily during the 1990s. In 2013, the airport handled 1.2 million passengers, breaking the Soviet-time record.

The new, longer runway was built in 1999 while the old runway was repurposed as a taxiway. The airport is accepting heavy aircraft including Boeing 747 and An-225.

New terminal construction and airport expansion

The construction of the new passenger terminal is planned at Chelyabinsk Airport, this is done for BRICS summit in 2020. The project includes the construction of the new terminal, where it will commence in summer 2018 and finish by December 2019[1]. The complex will be able to handle 2,5 million passengers per annum[2]. The next plans for the airport is to take the third category of ICAO. This category in Russia is owned only by Moscow's Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo Airports and Pulkovo Airport in Saint Petersburg.[3][4][5]

Airlines and destinations

Passenger

Airlines Destinations
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Saint Petersburg
Azur Air Seasonal charter: Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Goa–Dabolim, Pattaya–U-Tapao, Phuket
I-Fly Seasonal charter: Antalya[6]
Komiaviatrans Perm
Nordavia Saint Petersburg
Nordwind Airlines Moscow–Sheremetyevo
Pegas Fly Seasonal charter: Dubai–Al Maktoum, Goa–Dabolim
Pobeda Moscow–Vnukovo
Red Wings Airlines Moscow–Domodedovo
Royal Flight Seasonal charter: Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Nha Trang (Cam Ranh), Phuket
S7 Airlines Moscow–Domodedovo, Novosibirsk[7]
SCAT Airlines Astana[8]
Ural Airlines Dubai–International,[9] Dushanbe, Moscow–Domodedovo, Sochi
Seasonal: Harbin[10]
Yamal Airlines Astana, Gorno-Altaysk, Krasnodar, Krasnoyarsk–Yemelyanovo, Mineralnye Vody, Rostov-on-Don-Platov, Samara, Tyumen, Volgograd[11]

Cargo

Airlines Destinations
Grizodubova Air Company Moscow–Vnukovo

Passenger statistics

Chelyabinsk Airport Statistics
Year Total
passengers
Change Domestic International Aircraft
departures
2000 274 236 +0,1% Increase 208 912 65 324 2 656
2001 297 198 +8,4% Increase 325 077 62 121 3 205
2002 302 626 +1,8% Increase 234 495 67 701 3 152
2003 359 822 +18,9% Increase 282 186 77 636 3 439
2004 404 151 +12,3% Increase 307 231 96 920 3 550
2005 386 115 −4,5% Decrease 333 206 52 909 3 096
2006 432 034 +11,9% Increase 357 733 74 301 3 167
2007 675 141 +56,3% Increase 534 796 140 345 5 050
2008 685 408 +1,5% Increase 561 649 123 760 4 832
2009 581 555 −15,2% Decrease 477 507 104 048 3 499
2010 664 184 +14,2% Increase 510 314 153 870 4 416
2011 833 780 +25,5% Increase 594 087 239 693 5 150
2012 1 000 753 +20,0% Increase 679 920 320 833 ~ 5 800
2013 1 210 388 +20,1% Increase 799 288 339 609 ~ 6 380
2014 1 404 238 +16,0% Increase 964 887 364 075 ~ 7023
2015 1 239 212 -11,8% Decrease 990 868 248 344 no data

Accidents and incidents

  • On January 26, 2008, an S7 Airlines Airbus A319 landed on the taxiway by mistake. There were no injuries or damage.
  • On May 26, 2008 an Antonov An-12 operated by Moskovia Airlines crashed shortly after takeoff when trying an emergency landing. All nine crew members on board died.
  • On 17 July 2015, a An-12BK of the Russian Air Force registered RF-94291 diverted to Chelyabinsk Airport after flying into severe thunderstorm and hail. Three out of four engines failed. The aircraft landed on the grass outside the runway and sustained substantial damage. There were no injuries.[12]

Miscellaneous facts

  • An NDB beacon transmits on 412 kHz.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Телетрапы, VIP-зона и 2,5 млн пассажиров". znak.com. 13 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Фасад нового терминала челябинского аэропорта решен в красных тонах". kp.ru. 13 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Аэропорт Челябинск может получить III категорию ИКАО". iz.ru. 24 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Аэропорт «Челябинск» станет престижнее аэропорта Кольцово?". lentachel.ru. 24 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Аэропорт Челябинска после реконструкции обгонит по категории почти все аэровокзалы России". 24 April 2018.
  6. ^ http://b2b.tui.ru/default.php?page=freight_monitor&
  7. ^ "Russia, Chelyabinsk, Balandino (CEK)SwapRussia, Novosibirsk, Tolmachevo (OVB)". S7.ru. S7 Airlines. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  8. ^ Liu, Jim (3 April 2018). "SCAT opens additional Astana – Russia routes in S18". Routesonline. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Ural Airlines adds Chelyabinsk – Dubai from Oct 2017". routesonline. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  10. ^ "Ural Airlines adds seasonal Chelyabinsk – Harbin route form July 2018". routesonline. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  11. ^ Yamal Airlines begins operations from Chelyabinsk from 2018
  12. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Antonov 12BK RF-94291 Chelyabinsk Airport (CEK)". aviation-safety.net. Retrieved 1 September 2017.

External links

  • Official website with photos
  • Airport information for USCC at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.


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