Mariupol International Airport

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Mariupol International Airport
"Міжнародний Aеропорт "Маріуполь"
"Международный Аэропорт "Мариуполь"


MPW is located in Ukraine
Location of Mariupol Airport in Ukraine
Airport type Public
Owner City of Mariupol
Operator Ilyich Iron & Steel Works
Serves Mariupol, Ukraine
Hub for Ilyich-Avia
Elevation AMSL 251 ft / 77 m
Coordinates 47°04′21″N 037°27′23″E / 47.07250°N 37.45639°E / 47.07250; 37.45639
Direction Length Surface
m ft
02/20 2,550 8,367 Asphalt
02/20 1,400 4,593 Grass
11/29 1,400 4,593 Grass
Passengers 20,000+
Passenger change 06-07 Increase10%

Mariupol International Airport (Ukrainian: Міжнародний аеропорт Маріуполь, Russian: Международный аэропорт Мариуполь) (IATA: MPWICAO: UKCM) is a primary airport of Mariupol, which is located 5km from the city. Since 19 June 2014 the airport is closed.[1]

The airport is situated on the extreme south-eastern part of Ukraine near the border with Russia. The airport serves a large industrial city and the port on the Sea of Azov, linking it to other regions of the country.

The airport has domestic, international and charter flights covering the CIS countries, Europe and the Middle East. The airport is a Class "B" airfield suitable for the operation of aircraft of all types (categories A, B, C, D, and E).

History and Development[edit]

The airport's history began in 1930 when project Mariupol Airport started (officially named Zhdanov Airport [Жданов Аеропорт] at the time of construction because city was named Zhdanov until 1989). The first flight was made on a Putilov Stal-3 from Mariupol to Berdyansk in the spring of 1931. However, due to economic problems the airport was inactive until the autumn of 1932, for the same reason the airport could not establish regular flights before the beginning of the World War II.

In 1967, airport underwent new constructions with the runway and the airport terminal. In its heyday (and during the Soviet Era) the airport transported up to 120,000 passengers a year. There were 30 to 40 flights a day, and during the summer the airport served up to 25,000 passengers per month. However after the collapse of Soviet Union, and Fall of Aeroflot (which was the primary airline that serviced the airport) the airline-service and passenger-travel declined and airport became inactive for some time. Until 1993, the airport was a member of the Donetsk United Squadron, and On May 26, 1993, Mariupol Airport was registered as a state enterprise.

Revival began when construction started on new terminal building, which was launched in February 2003 to a handle passengers up to 200+ per hour. With construction of the new terminal, new ramp was constructed, and runway underwent some minor repairs with instillation of ILS on runway 20.

In 2004, the airport transported over 11,000 passengers. In 2006, 18,000 passengers were transported, and in 2007 more than 20,000.

On May 26, 2004 the airport received the status of International Airport, and on November 7, 2005 the State Aviation Administration of Ukraine issued the Certificate of Conformity (MCI-00-04-02-01) which allowed airport to service airlines, passengers, and air cargo.[2][3]

Airport terminal[edit]

The renovated terminal building of Mariupol Airport is highly advanced and suits the airport of 21st century. The Terminal includes two departure and arrival lounges along with a baggage claim area which services both domestic and international flights. Airport has VIP lounge for passengers traveling in business or first class. Terminal is also suited with gift, and food stalls, cafe and restaurant are also included along with Wi-Fi connection.[4]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

2 of Ilyich-Avia's An-140s at the airport
Airlines Destinations
Ilyich-Avia Charter: Athens, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, Kiev-Zhulyany, Moscow-Vnukovo, Thessaloniki

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • On 30 March 1977, an Aeroflot Yakovlev 40 (CCCP-87738) flight from Dnepropetrovsk was approaching airport visually in fog. The crew continued their visual approach even after entering an area of fog with visibility less than 500m (1,640ft) and losing sight of the ground. When deciding to go around, the right wing hit a 9-m (30 ft) pole at a height of 6 m (20 ft). The wing caught fire, and the number 2 engine failed. With a progressive roll the aircraft flew 420m (1,377 ft) at an angle of 40-45° until the right wing touched the ground. The fuselage hit the ground sideways in a field about 1,500m (4,921 ft) from the runway. The airplane broke up and caught fire. There were 8 fatalities (4 of them were crew) out of 27 occupants. The aircraft was written off (damaged beyond repair).[5]


  1. ^ Three airports in the East Ukraine closed until better times. Ukrinform. 19 June 2014
  2. ^ History and Development (Russian) - Retrieved on October 17, 2011.
  3. ^ Airport today (Russian) - Retrieved on October 17, 2011.
  4. ^ VIP lounge (Russian) - Retrieved on October 17, 2011.
  5. ^ Incident of CCCR-87738 - Retrieved on October 17, 2011.

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