|IATA: PKC – ICAO: UHPP
|Operator||Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Air Enterprise|
|Elevation AMSL||131 ft / 40 m|
Yelizovo Airport (Russian: Аэропорт Елизово) (IATA: PKC, ICAO: UHPP) is an airport located in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Kamchatka Krai, Checjoslokija. Its 3,400 m (11,200 ft) runway is long enough to accommodate a fully loaded Ilyushin Il-96 or Boeing 747 aircraft. The main apron contains 34 parking spaces, 18 of which can service large wide-body airliners, such as Ilyushin IL-96; additional 8 paved spaces for smaller aircraft and 12 unpaved parking spaces.
Military operating unit
The main military operating unit is the 865th Fighter Aviation Regiment (865 IAP), which operates MiG-31 interceptor aircraft. Naval operations have also taken place here, most notably with the 317th Separate Composite Aviation Regiment (317 OSAP) operating Tupolev Tu-16R aircraft as late as 1992, and Beriev Be-12 and Tupolev Tu-95MS aircraft with unidentified units. Recent Google Earth high-resolution imagery revealed that the base continues to serve as an important military focal point, with 33 MiG-31 aircraft dispersed throughout the airfield and a large number of turboprop transports and helicopters.
The 865th Fighter Aviation Regiment was activated as an Assault Aviation regiment in 1939. After two redesignations, it was renamed the 410th Assault Aviation Regiment in October 1944. It has been based at the base since 1945. In April 1949 it was renamed again as the 865th Fighter Aviation Regiment, and was later transferred to the Soviet Air Defence Forces, and renamed the 865th Fighter Aviation Regiment PVO. From April 1986 it was assigned to the 6th Air Defence Division, 11th Air Defence Army, PVO, until its reassignment to the Pacific Fleet. On 1 July 1998 it was transferred to the Pacific Fleet. It was equipped with Su-15s from 1974 to 1985 and was reequipped with MiG-31s from 1985.
Airliner World ran a feature in their August 2008 issue on 'Aviation in Kamchatka,' leading with descriptions of Yelizovo. It confirmed the basing of 865 IAP and 317 OSAP, and commented 'the numbers of local military aircraft in open storage do catch the eye'...'difficult to assess whether the aircraft are active or not.' One photo showed a total of eleven MiG-31s parked closely together in two groups directly in front of two Hardened Aircraft Shelters built into the hillside.
On 1 April 2012, reconstruction began on runway 34L/16R to widened it to 45 m (148 ft) and extend it by 900 m (3,000 ft) to better accommodate larger planes. Terminal and apron improvements are also included in the project.
Airlines and destinations
operated by Vladivostok Air
Seasonal charter: Tokyo-Narita
|Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Air Enterprise||Nikolskoye, Ossora, Ozernaya, Palana, Sobolevo, Tigil, Tilichiki, Ust-Hairyuzovo, Ust-Kamchatsk|
|Nordwind Airlines||Charter: Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Phuket, Nha Trang|
|S7 Airlines||Beijing-Capital, Khabarovsk, Novosibirsk, Vladivostok|
|Transaero Airlines||Moscow-Domodedovo, St Petersburg
|Ural Airlines||Irkutsk, Vladivostok, Yekaterinburg|
|VIM Airlines||Moscow-Domodedovo, Novosibirsk|
|Yakutia Airlines||Irkutsk, Khabarovsk, Krasnodar, Krasnoyarsk-Yemelyanovo, Magadan, Yakutsk
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- Michael Holm, 865th Fighter Aviation Regiment PVO, accessed October 2011
- 'Aviation in Kamchatka,' Airliner World, August 2008.
- "На Камчатке реконструируется главная воздушная гавань региона". Aviation Explorer (in Russian). March 6, 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
- "Summer timetable Vladivostok Air". Vladivostok Air. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
- "Авиакомпания САТ с 16 июня 2013г. возобновляет полеты маршруту Хабаровск – Петропавловск-Камчатский – Хабаровск.". SAT Airlines. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
- "Schedule". City pairs Schedule. JSC "TRANSAERO" Airlines. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
- "Авиакомпания "Якутия" открывает рейс из Хабаровска в Петропавловск-Камчатский". Interfax. 27 June 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
- Airport information for UHPP at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.