|Operator||JSC "Anapa Airport"|
|Elevation AMSL||174 ft / 53 m|
Anapa Airport (Russian: аэропорт Анапа) (IATA: AAQ, ICAO: URKA), also known as Vityazevo Airport (Russian: аэропорт Витязево) is an international airport located near Vityazevo village in Anapa, Russia. It serves Anapa resort city as well as Novorossiysk and Temryuk with a total population of over 400,000 people.
In 2005, OJSC Anapa Airport won the "Russian National Olympus" award for outstanding contribution to the historical development of Russia in the "Outstanding small and medium businesses" category.
In 1934, scheduled passenger flights from Krasnodar to Anapa were launched.
In 1960, Anapa airport started accommodating An-2, Morava aircraft. Flights were performed to Krasnodar, Novorossiysk, Gelendzhik. The airport had less than 10 staff with only one radio station that served as radio technical flight support.
In 1965, Anapa airport’s building was constructed (now it hosts a first-aid station). An aerodrome started accommodating An-24 aircraft. The airport has expanded its destination map and launched flight service to Moscow, Kerch, Donetsk, Kharkiv, Sukhumi. Due to the increased passenger traffic and aircraft landings, the airport was relocated to Anapa’s suburb, near Vityazevo village where it still operates. A new location allowed to accommodate larger aircraft such as An-10.
In 1969, construction of a new military airfield with a 2,500-m runway was launched near Vityazevo. It was kept secret due to military purposes of the facility.
In 1970, Vityazevo airport honors the 100,000th passenger.
In April 1974, An-24 performed the first regular passenger flight to Vityazevo.
In May 1974, a group of NATO military attachés went to Anapa on board the first flight Moscow – Anapa – Moscow. They oversaw the construction of the military runway that was one of the longest at that time in Soviet Union. There were about 12 aerodromes in total featuring the similar runways in the country.
In 1976, Vityazevo airport was officially opened. The new terminal could handle up to 70 daily flights originating from around 50 domestic airports.
In 1977, Тu-154s commenced flights to Vityazevo airport becoming the principal aircraft type in the fleet of Russian air carriers. A Тu-154 (USSR-85171) snapshot captured against the Anapa airport passenger terminal was reproduced on a Soviet postcard.
In 1988, Anapa airport was separated from the 1st Krasnodar United Air Group and becomes an independent entity: a separate class-III airport under the North Caucasian Civil Aviation Authority. Upon installation of the SP-80M landing system, the aerodrome acquired an ICAO category I certificate.
In 1991, the airport performed 6,828 takeoffs and landings serving 439,600 passengers. During summer season the airport handled up to 52 flights operating at a full capacity.
In 1993, Vityazevo airport acquired the status of an international airport. Austrian Airlines became the first international airline to open a branch office in Anapa.
In 2005, SABRE, SITA, and Kupol passenger handling systems that enable passenger check-in to any destination in the world and e-tickets usage, were put into operation
In 2006, the first scheduled flight of a Boeing (VP-BTD) of the S7 air carrier was performed.
In 2008, the first scheduled flight of an Airbus (VP-BHI) of the S7 air carrier was carried out. Later that year, the airport won the "Kuban Economic Leader 2007 – Territorial Contest Winner" award presented by the Krasnodar Territory Governor, A.N. Tkachev, in the "Aviation Transport" industry category. And in the same year, the airport won the "Kuban Transport Olympus" award bestowed on Kuban Transport Complex businesses "For rapid development momentum and flight safety".
In 2010, in accordance with the Federal Targeted Programs “Development of the Transportation System of Russia (2010-2015)” and “Modernization of the Transportation System of Russia (2002-2010)”, the “Reconstruction of Anapa (Vityazevo) airport aerodrome” program was approved. The reconstruction was carried out in five stages during 2010-2012
In 2011, S7 Boeing 737-400 (VP-BAN) flying from Domodedovo became the first scheduled flight after runway reconstruction. It carried 125 passengers.
In December 2011, Anapa International Airport first accommodated Sukhoi Superjet 100 operated by Aeroflot.
In 2012, a new ramp in the airport was put into operation.
In April 2014, specialty emergency services facility was opened in the airport.
Airlines and destinations
As of January 2015 following airlines serve Anapa Airport:
- Basel Aero // Basic Element's official website
- Аэропорты "Базэл Аэро" в 2013 году увеличили пассажиропоток на 13% // Aviaport.ru
- Столкновение над Черным морем Як-40 и Ан-24РВ// Air disasters in USSR and Russia
- Катастрофа Ан-26 близ Анапы // Air disasters in USSR and Russia
- "Сибирь" приступает к программе полетов на Черноморское побережье России//Aviaport.ru
- В аэропорт "Анапа" выполнен первый рейс авиакомпании S7 Airlines на самолете А-319-100// AVIARU Network
- Аэропорт стал частным // Vedomosti
- Анапа открывает авиасообщение с Симферополем// RIA Novosti
- "Международный аэропорт Анапа примет отдыхающих из 40 городов России". Новости. «Базэл Аэро». Retrieved March 21, 2013.
- "В Международном аэропорту Анапы открыто прямое авиасообщение с Костромой". ИТАР-ТАСС КУБАНЬ. 8 June 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
- Pobeda begins 8 new summer seasonal destinations
- "Изменения маршрутных сетей за 3–16 апреля". ato.ru. 16 April 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
- ""ЮТэйр" начинает полеты из Курска в города черноморского побережья". Utair Aviation. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
- Airport information for URKA at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
- NOAA/NWS current weather observations
- ASN Accident history for URKA