Kurumoch International Airport
|Kurumoch International Airport
Международный аэропорт «Курумоч»
|IATA: KUF – ICAO: UWWW
|Elevation AMSL||477 ft / 145 m|
|Time Zone||UTC +4|
|Operating Time||24/7, All Year|
|Most Popular International Flight||Frankfurt, Germany|
Kurumoch International Airport (Russian: Международный аэропорт «Курумоч») (IATA: KUF, ICAO: UWWW) is the international airport of Samara, Russia located 35 km (22 mi) north of the city. Besides, the airport serves Tolyatti - the second largest city in the Samara area. The name of airport comes from the name of closest village (7 km south-west). The airport is responsible for serving the 3.5 million citizens of Samarskaya Oblast.
Kurumoch was first built on December 19, 1957. It was demanded by the USSR Council of Ministers as a strategic airport that was to be built near the very important Volga River. In 1960s, Soviet Union's airports were mainly used for cargo transporting, so the flow of passengers in 1962 was around 52,000 annually. In 1971 the reconstruction of Kurumoch's terminal was complete. This reconstructed building is today's main terminal, although renovations inside the terminal have been made as recent as 2013.
In 1992, Kurumoch airport, like all other airports in Russia, became self-governing after the Fall of Soviet Union, resulting in the creation of Samara Airlines. After the Financial Crisis of 2007 hit Russia, Samara Airlines was forced to cease its operations, putting an end to its 50 year servitude.
In 2006, Kurumoch Airport handled 1,218,954 passengers and 4,121 metric tonnes of cargo. According to the traffic data of 2011, the airport was included on the list of top 10 biggest Russian airports. Kurumoch hit its 2 millionth passenger on November 27, 2013. Also in 2013 the airport transferred 2,167,728 passengers and saw a 14.2% increased trafficking rate.
The airport has been renovated inside its present terminal, which is 12,380 m^2. It has three floors: an underground, ground, and second floor. Downstairs are the public bathrooms, as well as a fast food restaurant. The ground floor contains the 8 check-in desks, baggage wrapping, vending machines, and the Domestic Departure Lounge. The arrivals section for both domestic and international passengers is separate from the building. Kurumoch has 2 baggage-claim areas, and 2 conveyor belts. The old Kurumoch airport, built in 1971, has no Jet Bridges. A new modern Kurumoch Airport is being built at the moment.
Decision to Build the New Airport
As Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, was re-elected in Russia's 2012 Presidential Elections, his ideas of boosting regional and overall commercial aviation in Russia has greatly inflicted the idea of building a new airport for Samara. When Russia won its right to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and one of the cities that would host several matches was said to be Samara, the Regional government put the idea of refining all of their infrastructure and transportation devices as a priority.
Even more troubling was the fact that Kurumoch's terminal was meant for approximately 1,000,000 passengers yearly, but even back in 2011, the airport was serving over 1,500,000 people. The main terminal didn't have any definite arrival section until the late 1992, and today's Domestic and International Baggage Claim is not equipped to handle such a flow of passengers. A contest was held back in late 2011 on who would have the honor of building the new airport.
Process and Details on Kurumoch's New Airport
Renova won their bid over the reconstruction back in the early 2012. In summer they had already created a blueprint of Kurumoch's new airport. The price of the new airport is said to be around 166,272,000 USD or 6,000,000,000 Rubles. The builders of the new airport will be CJSC KOMPACT Saint-Petersburg. KOMPAKT promised to complete the airport no later than January 1, 2015. So far no set backs have been made, and as 'Gorod Samara' reports, "the construction zone is thriving and there are people working 24/7". The cargo terminal, on the other hand, is still under planning, and construction on it has not begun yet. Some skeptics believe that the cargo terminal will not be completed before the due date. The process of reconstructing the whole Airport area is said to be completed by 2017; before the 2018 FIFA World Cup - Samara hosting some of the matches. The process consists of 2 Phases. Phase 1 will include the construction of a new terminal, as well as a new hotel, business center, bus station, ground and leveled parking-lot, and a cargo terminal. Phase 2 will consist of adding on a railway system to and from Samara, expanding the cargo and main terminals, and extending the ground parking lot. Phase 1 is said to be completed by 2014, while Phase 2 is to be done by 2017.
The airport terminal is said to have 5 to 7 jet bridges, 4 conveyor belts, 2,000 m^2 of Duty-free shops, a Business Lounge, 24 check-in slots, and commercial restaurants. the new terminal itself is said to be over 35,000 m^2. The jet bridges will be supplied by the Thyssen Krupp company. It is said that the airport will have 5 floors all together, and 3-4 of them will be accessible by public. The very first floor will have the check-in slots, baggage wrapping, commercial stores and information centers. Even though it is still not clear to the public, blueprints show that the arrivals and baggage claim section will be on the second floor. Third floor will contain security desks, passport controls, and the departure zone, as well as all the duty-free shops and the VIP Lounge. Domestic and International security check stations and passport control will be separate from each other. The Domestic part of the airport is said to have 3-4 jet bridges, while the international will have 2-3. In overall, the airport will be able to handle up to 4 million passengers year
Airlines and destinations
|Europe Airpost||Paris-Charles de Gaulle|
Accidents and incidents
- On March 8, 1965, Aeroflot Flight 448 crashed shortly after taking off. All 25 passengers and crew on board were killed.
- On March 17, 2007, a UTair Tupolev Tu-134 crash-landed killing seven people and injuring some 23 more.
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- (English) Kurumoch International Airport official website
- World Aero Data airport information for UWWW
- NOAA/NWS current weather observations
- ASN Accident history for UWWW
- Historical Weather Records for Samara
- Kurumoch International Airport from space
- Kurumoch International Airport Development Project Details