Anapa Airport

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Anapa Airport

Аэропорт Анапа
Аэропорт Витязево.jpeg
Airport typePublic
OperatorJSC "Anapa Airport"
LocationAnapa, Russia
Hub for
Elevation AMSL174 ft / 53 m
Coordinates45°00′07.5″N 37°20′50.3″E / 45.002083°N 37.347306°E / 45.002083; 37.347306Coordinates: 45°00′07.5″N 37°20′50.3″E / 45.002083°N 37.347306°E / 45.002083; 37.347306
AAQ is located in Krasnodar Krai
Location of airport in Krasnodar Krai
Direction Length Surface
ft m
04/22 8,202 2,500 Concrete
Statistics (2018)
Sources: Russian Federal Air Transport Agency (see also provisional 2018 statistics)[1]

Anapa Airport (Russian: аэропорт Анапа) (IATA: AAQ, ICAO: URKA), also known as Vityazevo Airport (Russian: аэропорт Витязево) is an international airport located near Vityazevo village in Anapa, Russia. It serves the resort town of Anapa, as well as Novorossiysk and Temryuk with a total population of over 400,000 people.

The airport is a part of Basel Aero, airport managing holding that also runs Sochi International Airport, Krasnodar and Gelendzhik airports.[2]

Passenger traffic of the Anapa airport in 2013 was 739,637 people.[3] The airport is among the top 30 of Russia’s busiest airports.

Construction of a new terminal began in March 2016, and was completed in July 2017, when the new terminal building became operational.[4]


Departure gates at new terminal building

In 1934, scheduled passenger flights from Krasnodar to Anapa were launched.

In 1960, Anapa airport started accommodating An-2, Morava aircraft. Flights were performed to Krasnodar, Novorossiysk, Gelendzhik. The airport had less than 10 staff with only one radio station that served as radio technical flight support.

In 1965, Anapa airport’s building was constructed (now it hosts a first-aid station). An aerodrome started accommodating An-24 aircraft. The airport has expanded its destination map and launched flight service to Moscow, Kerch, Donetsk, Kharkiv, Sukhumi. Due to the increased passenger traffic and aircraft landings, the airport was relocated to Anapa’s suburb, near Vityazevo village where it still operates. A new location allowed to accommodate larger aircraft such as An-10.

In 1969, construction of a new military airfield with a 2,500-m runway was launched near Vityazevo. It was kept secret due to military purposes of the facility.

In 1970, Vityazevo airport honors the 100,000th passenger.

In April 1974, An-24 performed the first regular passenger flight to Vityazevo.

In May 1974, a group of NATO military attachés went to Anapa on board the first flight Moscow – Anapa – Moscow. They oversaw the construction of the military runway that was one of the longest at that time in Soviet Union. There were about 12 aerodromes in total featuring the similar runways in the country.

In 1976, Vityazevo airport was officially opened. The new terminal could handle up to 70 daily flights originating from around 50 domestic airports.

In September 1976, a twin plane crash happened above Anapa when An-24 and Yak-40 crashed because of the aircraft dispatcher’s fatal error. The tragedy claimed 70 lives.[5]

In 1977, Тu-154s commenced flights to Vityazevo airport becoming the principal aircraft type in the fleet of Russian air carriers. A Тu-154 (USSR-85171) snapshot captured against the Anapa airport passenger terminal was reproduced on a Soviet postcard.

In 1982, An-26 owned by the Black Sea Fleet Naval Air Force crashed near Anapa killing nine.[6]

In 1988, Anapa airport was separated from the 1st Krasnodar United Air Group and becomes an independent entity: a separate class-III airport under the North Caucasian Civil Aviation Authority. Upon installation of the SP-80M landing system, the aerodrome acquired an ICAO category I certificate.

In 1991, the airport performed 6,828 takeoffs and landings serving 439,600 passengers. During summer season the airport handled up to 52 flights operating at a full capacity.

Post-Soviet history[edit]

In 1993, Vityazevo airport acquired the status of an international airport. Austrian Airlines became the first international airline to open a branch office in Anapa.

In 2001, Siberia (S7 Airlines) launched operations at Vityazevo International Airport.[7]

In 2005, SABRE, SITA, and Kupol passenger handling systems that enable passenger check-in to any destination in the world and e-tickets usage, were put into operation. In 2005, OJSC Anapa Airport won the "Russian National Olympus" award for outstanding contribution to the historical development of Russia in the "Outstanding small and medium businesses" category.

In 2006, the first scheduled flight of a Boeing (VP-BTD) of the S7 air carrier was performed.

In 2008, the first scheduled flight of an Airbus (VP-BHI) of the S7 air carrier was carried out.[8] Later that year, the airport won the "Kuban Economic Leader 2007 – Territorial Contest Winner" award presented by the Krasnodar Territory Governor, A.N. Tkachev, in the "Aviation Transport" industry category. And in the same year, the airport won the "Kuban Transport Olympus" award bestowed on Kuban Transport Complex businesses "For rapid development momentum and flight safety".

In 2010, in accordance with the Federal Targeted Programs "Development of the Transportation System of Russia (2010-2015)" and "Modernization of the Transportation System of Russia (2002-2010)", the "Reconstruction of Anapa (Vityazevo) airport aerodrome" program was approved. The reconstruction was carried out in five stages during 2010-2012

In 2011, S7 Boeing 737-400 (VP-BAN) flying from Domodedovo became the first scheduled flight after runway reconstruction. It carried 125 passengers.

In December 2011, Anapa International Airport first accommodated Sukhoi Superjet 100 operated by Aeroflot.

In 2012, a new ramp in the airport was put into operation.

In January 2014, Anapa International Airport was fully privatized after Russian Auction House had sold out 25.5% of government’s stake to Sistema LLC for 153.6 million rubles ($4.4 million).[9]

In April 2014, specialty emergency services facility was opened in the airport.

In June 2014, Anapa airport launched direct air service with Simferopol, the administrative center of the disputed Crimean peninsula.[10]

In June 2017, at Anapa Airport, the new terminal began its work. The new terminal was built so that in case of the weather, construction or other reasons, Anapa will officially serve Sochi International Airport during FIFA-2018.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

S7 Airlines Tupolev Tu-154M parked at Anapa Airport.
BAL Bashkirian Airlines Tupolev Tu-154M parked at Anapa Airport.
UTair Tupolev Tu-154M taxiing Anapa Airport.
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo
Armenia Airways Yerevan
IrAero Moscow–Zhukovsky[11]
Nordstar Airlines Seasonal: Moscow–Domodedovo
Onur Air Istanbul[12]
Pobeda Seasonal: Novosibirsk,[13] Saint Petersburg[13]
Rossiya Seasonal: Saint Petersburg
RusLine Seasonal: Voronezh
S7 Airlines Moscow–Domodedovo
Seasonal: Novosibirsk
Severstal Air Company Petrozavodsk[14]
Smartavia Seasonal: Nizhny Novgorod
Ural Airlines Osh,[15] Tashkent, Yerevan
Seasonal: Cheboksary, Nihzny Novgorod
Utair Seasonal: Khanty-Mansiysk, Moscow–Vnukovo, Nizhnevartovsk, Surgut, Syktyvkar, Tyumen, Ufa


  1. ^ "Объемы перевозок через аэропорты России" [Transportation volumes at Russian airports]. (in Russian). Federal Air Transport Agency. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  2. ^ Basel Aero Archived February 26, 2014, at the Wayback Machine // Basic Element's official website
  3. ^ Аэропорты "Базэл Аэро" в 2013 году увеличили пассажиропоток на 13% //
  4. ^ "New terminal operational at Anapa". Russian Aviation Insider. July 14, 2017. Retrieved July 14, 2017.
  5. ^ Столкновение над Черным морем Як-40 и Ан-24РВ// Air disasters in USSR and Russia
  6. ^ Катастрофа Ан-26 близ Анапы // Air disasters in USSR and Russia
  7. ^ "Сибирь" приступает к программе полетов на Черноморское побережье России//
  8. ^ В аэропорт "Анапа" выполнен первый рейс авиакомпании S7 Airlines на самолете А-319-100// AVIARU Network
  9. ^ Аэропорт стал частным // Vedomosti
  10. ^ Анапа открывает авиасообщение с Симферополем// RIA Novosti
  11. ^ "Москва - Анапа: новый рейс от "ИрАэро"". Airlines Inform. May 5, 2019.
  12. ^ Liu, Jim (May 17, 2019). "Onur Air adds Anapa service from mid-May 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  13. ^ a b Liu, Jim (May 16, 2019). "Pobeda schedules new routes from Adler/Sochi and Anapa in S19". Routesonline. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  14. ^ Liu, Jim. "Severstal Aircompany expands Kirovsk / Petrozavodsk network in S19". Routesonline. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  15. ^ Liu, Jim (October 31, 2018). "Ural Airlines expands Osh network in W18". Routesonline. Retrieved October 31, 2018.

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