|IATA: NSK – ICAO: UOOO
|Elevation AMSL||574 ft / 175 m|
Alykel Airport (Russian: Аэропорт Алыкель) (IATA: NSK, ICAO: UOOO) is a large airport in Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia, located 35 km west of Norilsk. Alykel is the only functional airfield around Norilsk. It handles medium-sized airliners and is serviced by 24-hour operations. Since it is capable of handling widebody jets, it is a diversion airport on Polar route 1.
It was originally constructed in the late 1950s as a staging base for Soviet bombers to reach the United States. This role continues to this day with caretaker status provided by the Russian Air Force's OGA (Arctic Control Group). Norilsk also is served by interceptor aircraft under the 57 IAP (57th Interceptor Aircraft Regiment), which in 1991 had 24 Sukhoi Su-15TM aircraft.
Airlines and destinations
Accidents and incidents
- On 16 November 1981, Aeroflot Flight 3603, a Tupolev Tu-154, crashed while attempting to land at Norilsk Airport. 99 of the 167 passengers and crew on board were killed in the accident.
- Boeing-conducted Airport safety and operational assessments
- New Cross-Polar Routes
- "Aviatsiya PVO". Aviabaza KPOI.
- "Schedule". City pairs Schedule. JSC "TRANSAERO" Airlines. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
- Gero, David (1996). Aviation Disasters Second Edition. Patrick Stephens Limited. p. 167.
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