Sochi International Airport
|Sochi International Airport
Международный Аэропорт Сочи
|IATA: AER – ICAO: URSS
|Operator||JSC "Sochi International Airport"|
|Elevation AMSL||27 m / 89 ft|
Sochi International Airport (IATA: AER, ICAO: URSS) (Russian: Международный Аэропорт Сочи) is an airport located in Adler District of the resort city of Sochi, on the coast of the Black Sea in the federal subject of Krasnodar Krai, Russia.
The operator of the airport is JSC International, which is part of the aviation holding company Basic Element Aero.
As of 2010, the airport is the eighth busiest airport in Russia, serving 1.9 million passengers. The airport serves Sochi, Russia's largest resort, as well as the surrounding area, which has a total permanent population of more than 700,000 people.
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The original airfield was constructed to protect Russia's Black Sea coast during World War II; construction took place between 8 July and 1 September 1941, on the site of the liquidated state farm seed Chernomorets. By order of the Chief of the Office of Civil Aviation, the site became an established airport on 23 November 1945.
In 1956, the first terminal building (now the old building) and the airstrip runway-1 were built. Approximately 35,000 passengers and 1000 tons of cargo passed through the airport in 1957. From 1960 to 1965, passenger and baggage halls, a 200-room hotel, radio navigation and landing systems were all added to the airport as passenger traffic constantly increased. The Order of Red Banner of Labor was awarded to the airport in August 1966 for its high performance.
Passenger traffic went from 902,000 embarkations in 1965 to more than 2.3 million in 1990. From its opening in 1957 to today, the airport has served more than 60 million passengers.
Regularly scheduled international departures and arrivals began in 1981; the original destinations were Bratislava, Budapest, and Prague. The airport later expanded to include flights to the Middle East and Western Europe. The international section of Sochi's terminal is small, but it includes a duty-free shop.
The Federal Financial Markets Service (FFMS) of Russia at the meeting on 29 August 2006, registered the issue and reported on the results of the issue ordinary shares of OJSC "International airport of Sochi on the total amount of 1,142,035,400 roubles. Accommodation passed through the acquisition of shares of stock news on the Internet when converting at JSC in the process of state enterprise privatization. Number of securities issue - 11,420,354 units, the nominal value of each share - 100 rubles. Issue by assigned state registration number 1-01-55219-E. The runway is not an asset to be privatized, and is leased by the airport. Government Decree signed on 16 September N1301-p, including 100 per cent stock "Sochi International Airport" in the program of privatization of federal property in 2006. Federal Property Fund on 20 Nov 2006 held an auction to sell 100% shares of OAO «International airport of Sochi. The winner of the auction was sold to OOO "Strategy-South" - the structure, affiliated with BazEl ( "Basic Element", until 2001 - a group of Siberian Aluminum "), which paid 5,000,665,000 rubles. The airport in Sochi for the fourth southern Russia for the Russian-Asian Investment Company (RAInKo, the real owner - Oleg Deripaska). By this time the company has managed through the holding "Airports of the South" three airports - in the cities of Krasnodar (Airport Pashkovskii), Anapa and built in Gelendzhik. In July 2007, Bazel for $ 10 million acquired ZAO Sochi-avia-invest " - OWNERS 65% of the fuel-filling set of Sochi's airport.
Sochi International Airport has two artificial runways; combined with its taxiways network it has a total length of 4310 meters and a width of 40.5 m of paved tarmac. The platform and parking lot have a total area of 218 square meters, with spaces for more than 1000 cars. Because of the presence of natural obstacles (mountains) to the north and north-east of the airport, take off and landing are only possible on the sea side of the facility; this complicates airport operations, as strong winds can cause take-off and landing to become a safety concern.
The airport authority plans to extend the runway up to 3.5 km, with a portion overlapping the Mzymta River at a width of 300 m.
The Sochi airport is certificated by Aviation Register of the MAC for its suitability for international flights. It has the ability to receive the following aircraft types: Airbus A310, Airbus A319, Airbus A320, Boeing 727, Boeing 737, Boeing 757, Boeing 767, Bombardier CRJ 200, Fokker 70, IL-62, IL -76, IL-86, IL-96, Tu-134, Tu-144, Tu-154, Tu-204, Yak-40, Yak-42 and other planes III and IV classes. Since 2007 takes aircraft of all types.
The capacity of the airport complex is 750 passengers per hour/ 2500 passengers per day. The new terminal building was built from 1989 - 2007. It has 3 floors with total area of 57,000 square meters and is one of the largest in Russia. The airport has 440 meters of corridor space and 10 boarding bridges for boarding and deplaning passengers.
Renovations to the airport in anticipation of the 2014 Winter Olympics are under way. Official opening of the new terminal complex will be held in the near future.
On 20 November 2006, the airport was auctioned to Oleg Deripaska's Basic Element group for 5.5 billion roubles (about $206.6 million). Deripaska is also a member of the committee organizing Sochi's bid for the Winter Olympics.
Airlines and destinations
Incidents and accidents
- On 3 May 2006, an Armavia Airbus A320 operating Armavia Flight 967 crashed in the Black Sea en route from Yerevan's Zvartnots International Airport to Sochi. The airplane crashed into the sea while attempting to conduct a go-around following its first approach to Sochi airport, killing all 113 aboard. The accident was the first major commercial airline crash in 2006.
- RIA Novosti: Russia's Basic Element buys Sochi Airport for $206.6 mln. Retrieved on July 7, 2007.
- News.rin.ru: Deripaska enters committee on promotion of Sochi for hosting Olympiad. Retrieved on July 7, 2007.
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- "Авиакомпания Pegasus Airlines запускает новый рейс «Сочи – Трабзон»". Airport group «Basel Aero». Retrieved 20 August 2013.
- "С 1 октября авиакомпания «Ред Вингс» открывает три новых регулярных рейса в Сочи, Екатеринбург и Уфу.". ЗАО «Ред Вингс». Retrieved 24 September 2013.
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- ""ЮТэйр" начинает полеты из Курска в города черноморского побережья". Utair Aviation. Retrieved 6 June 2013.
- "НАЧАЛО ЗОЛОТОЙ ОСЕННЕЙ ПОРЫ "ВИМ-АВИА" ОТМЕТИТ ОТКРЫТИЕМ НОВОГО НАПРАВЛЕНИЯ МОСКВА - СОЧИ - ДУШАНБЕ". АвиаПорт. 6 September 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2012.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Sochi International Airport.|
- Sochi Airport site (in English)
- Historical Weather Records for Adler
- Current weather for URSS at NOAA/NWS
- Airport information for URSS at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
- Airport information for URSS at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
- Accident history for AER at Aviation Safety Network