Astana International Airport

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Astana International Airport
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Airport type Public
Operator JSC Astana International Airport
Serves Astana, Kazakhstan
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 355 m / 1,165 ft
Coordinates 51°01′19″N 071°28′01″E / 51.02194°N 71.46694°E / 51.02194; 71.46694Coordinates: 51°01′19″N 071°28′01″E / 51.02194°N 71.46694°E / 51.02194; 71.46694
UACC is located in Kazakhstan
Location in Kazakhstan
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04/22 3,500 11,483 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Passengers 4,294,145
Sources: Airport Statistics
AIP Kazakhstan[1]

Astana International Airport; (IATA: TSE, ICAO: UACC) is an international airport in Kazakhstan located 16.7 km (10.4 mi) southeast of the capital city of Astana.[1]


Astana's first airfield was built in 1931 on the outskirts of the town and was developed further after World War II. However, a new airport, which became Astana international Airport, was built 11 miles to the south of the city and opened in November 1963. It was largely used by Aeroflot and its local directorate. Following the transfer of the capital from Almaty to Astana in December 1997, the airport underwent a series of major reconstructions which brought it up to international standards, including the current 11,484 ft (3,500m) runway. A new passenger terminal designed by the late Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa was opened in February 2005.[2] Further development occurred in 2017 with a second terminal opening in time for Expo 2017 – all international flights moved to this new terminal.

During 2015, traffic increased to 3,366,560 passengers.


There are separate terminal buildings for domestic and international flights. Both terminals are adjacent, share a single car park and have a connecting corridor for transit passengers.

T1 – international terminal[edit]

The new international terminal (labelled "T1") opened in June 2017.[3] Plans for the new terminal show 5–6 new departure gates complementing the gates in the previously existing terminal building.[4] With the new terminal open, passenger capacity should increase to 7.5 million per year.[5]

T2 – domestic terminal[edit]

With the opening of the new international terminal, the old terminal (now labelled "T2") is now dedicated to domestic flights.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo
Air Arabia Sharjah
Air Astana Aktau, Aktobe, Almaty, Atyrau, Baku, Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Beijing–Capital, Bishkek, Delhi, Dubai–International, Frankfurt, Istanbul–Atatürk, Kazan,[6] Kiev–Boryspil, Kostanay, Kyzylorda, London–Heathrow, Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Oral, Oskemen, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Pavlodar, Saint Petersburg, Seoul–Incheon, Shymkent, Taraz, Tashkent, Tbilisi, Tyumen,[6] Ürümqi, Yekaterinburg
Seasonal: Antalya
Air China Beijing–Capital
AtlasGlobal Istanbul–Atatürk
Seasonal: Antalya
Belavia Minsk
Bek Air Aktau, Aktobe, Almaty, Atyrau, Kyzylorda, Oral, Shymkent
China Southern Airlines Ürümqi
BH Air Seasonal charter: Burgas
Ellinair Seasonal: Thessaloniki
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki[7]
flydubai Dubai–International
Georgian Airways Seasonal: Batumi
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Qazaq Air Almaty, Pavlodar,[8] Semey, Shymkent, Taldykorgan
Rossiya Airlines Saint Petersburg
SCAT Airlines Aktau, Aktobe, Almaty, Atyrau, Chelyabinsk,[9] Kazan, Krasnodar,[9] Mineralnye Vody, Moscow–Zhukovsky, Oral, Oskemen, Pavlodar, Petropavl, Semey, Shymkent, Sochi,[9] Taldykorgan, Taraz, Tomsk,[9] Vilnius,[10] Yerevan
SkyBus Seasonal charter: Batumi
Sunday Airlines Seasonal charter: Phuket (begins 30 October 2018)[11]
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk
Ukraine International Airlines Kiev–Boryspil
Uzbekistan Airways Tashkent
Wizz Air Budapest
Zhetysu Taldykorgan


Kalitta Air Hong Kong
Turkish Airlines Cargo Istanbul–Atatürk


Annual traffic[edit]

Annual Passenger Traffic[12]
Year Passengers % Change
2010 1,620,000 Steady
2011 1,984,000 Increase 22.5%
2012 2,303,143 Increase 16.1%
2013 2,609,431 Increase 13.3%
2014 2,960,181 Increase 13.5%
2015 3,366,560 Increase 13.7%
2016 3,440,583 Increase 2.2%
2017 4,294,145 Increase 24.8%

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b AIP Kazakhstan
  2. ^ "Astana Kazakh Gem". Airliner World: 64–67. March 2015.
  3. ^ "Astana International Airport's new terminal takes the first international flight". Central Asia Aero News. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Astana International Airport Kazakhstan". Mabetex. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  5. ^ "New passenger terminal of Astana airport with of 7.5 mln people capacity". Kazinform – International News Agency. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  6. ^ a b Liu, Jim (28 February 2018). "Air Astana plans new Russian routes from June 2018". Routesonline. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Finnair to resume Astana – Helsinki flights in July". Central Asia Aero News. 2018-04-20. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  8. ^ Liu, Jim (2 November 2017). "Qazaq Air adds Astana – Pavlodar service from Nov 2017". Routesonline. Retrieved 2 November 2017.
  9. ^ a b c d Liu, Jim (3 April 2018). "SCAT opens additional Astana – Russia routes in S18". Routesonline. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  10. ^ Liu, Jim (12 December 2017). "SCAT adds Vilnius service from May 2018". Routesonline. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  11. ^ "Flights Availability". 21 March 2018.
  12. ^ UACC. "Passenger Traffic Growth".

External links[edit]

Media related to Astana International Airport at Wikimedia Commons