Shymkent International Airport
|Shymkent International Airport
Халықаралық Шымкент Әуежайы
|An Air Astana Fokker 50 parked at the airport|
|IATA: CIT – ICAO: UAII|
|Operator||JSC "Shymkent International Airport"|
|Location||12.6 km (7.8 mi) NW of Shymkent Railway Station, Kazakhstan|
|Elevation AMSL||422 m / 1,385 ft|
|Source: AIP Kazakhstan|
Shymkent International Airport (Kazakh: Халықаралық Шымкент Әуежайы, Russian: Международный Аэропорт Шымкент) (IATA: CIT, ICAO: UAII) is an airport serving Shymkent in South Kazakhstan Province, Kazakhstan.
In 2004, the airport handled 97,000 passengers.
The basis for the airport was an agricultural airbase built in 1932. Since 1933 it started handling passengers and cargo traffic. In 1963 Shymkent airport was relocated to its current place.
After a protocol signed in November 2012 by the governments of Kazakhstan and France, French forces withdrawing from Afghanistan received authorization to use Shymkent Airport. Military hardware arriving on French planes will then be transported by rail to Europe. France has to fund the creation of the infrastructure necessary for the temporary bond storage and the area needed for higher customs control to ensure the transhipment operations in Shymkent Airport. It will also finance the acquisition or the rent of loading vehicles to accelerate wagon loadings, construction of 400 m (1,300 ft) of additional roads with hard coating, protection of freights in the temporary storage and en route on Kazakhstan's railroad.
Airlines and destinations
|Air Astana||Almaty, Astana|
|Atlas Air||Cargo: Reykjavík|
|SCAT||Aktau, Almaty, Astana, Istanbul-Atatürk, Kokshetau, Moscow-Domodedovo, Oskemen, Ürümqi|
- AIP Kazakhstan
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