The airport is located to the north of the city not far from the city limits. City bus and trolleybus connections are available. It is the only airport in the region (Khakassia and south of Krasnoyarsk Kray) suitable for all types of aircraft.
On November 27, 1996, 8 minutes after taking off from Abakan Airport, an Ilyushin Il-76 transport aircraft (registered RA-78804) crashed into a mountain near Minusinsk on the right bank of Yenisey river. The aircraft transported consumer goods and food. Everyone on board (23 people, including 13 passengers) have died. The cause of the crash was that the aircraft was overloaded and climbed very slowly.