Chinggis Khaan International Airport

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Chinggis Khaan International Airport

Чингис хаан олон улсын нисэх буудал
ᠴᠢᠩᠭᠢᠰ ᠬᠠᠭᠠᠨ ᠣᠯᠠᠨ ᠤᠯᠤᠰ ᠤᠨ ᠨᠢᠰᠬᠦ ᠪᠠᠭᠤᠳᠠᠯ
Airport Logo
Khoshigt Airport.jpg
Rendering of the proposed look
Airport typePublic
OwnerGovernment of Mongolia
OperatorNew Ulaanbaatar International Airport LLC[1]
ServesUlaanbaatar, Mongolia
LocationSergelen, Töv, Mongolia
Opened4 July 2021 (3 months ago) (2021-07-04)
Hub for
Elevation AMSL1,366 m / 4,482 ft
Coordinates47°39′06″N 106°49′18″E / 47.651581°N 106.821772°E / 47.651581; 106.821772Coordinates: 47°39′06″N 106°49′18″E / 47.651581°N 106.821772°E / 47.651581; 106.821772
UBN is located in Mongolia
Location within Mongolia
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 3,600[2] 11,811 Asphalt concrete

Chinggis Khaan International Airport (Mongolian: Чингис хаан олон улсын нисэх буудал), also referred to as New Ulaanbaatar International Airport (Mongolian: Улаанбаатар хотын олон улсын шинэ нисэх онгоцны буудал[3]), (IATA: UBN, ICAO: ZMCK), is an international airport located in the Khöshig Valley of Sergelen, Töv, Mongolia, just 52 km south of the capital Ulaanbaatar and 20 km southwest of Zuunmod. It started its operations on 4 July 2021[4] and serves as the primary airport for Ulaanbaatar and its metropolitan area,[5][6][7][8][9] functioning as a replacement for Buyant-Ukhaa International Airport. Named after Genghis Khan, it is the largest air facility in the country, serving as a hub for all major Mongolian airlines.

The airport is designed with a capacity of handling up to 1,100 passengers per hour[5][6] and two million passengers per year,[10] with cargo capacity set at 11,900 tons.[11][12]

The airport is connected via highway to Ulaanbaatar, with four shuttle bus routes operating to and from various points in Ulaanbaatar as of 2021.[13]


The new airport was given its current name on 2 July 2020, with the former Chinggis Khaan International Airport reverting to its pre-2005 name of Buyant-Ukhaa International Airport.[14]

The airport has been referred to by various names during the planning and construction phases, including New Ulaanbaatar International Airport (Mongolian: Улаанбаатар хотын олон улсын шинэ нисэх онгоцны буудал),[15][16] Khöshig Valley Airport (Mongolian: Хөшигийн хөндийн нисэх буудал), and Khöshigt Valley Airport (Mongolian: Хөшигтийн хөндийн нисэх буудал).


Ulaanbaatar's former main airport, Buyant-Ukhaa International Airport, is located in close proximity to two mountains to its south and east, so only one end of its runway was able to be used, and was often adversely affected by weather events.[17]


Initial planning for the airport was done in 2006 with Japanese government assistance.[18]

In May 2008, a ¥28.8 billion (US$385 million) 40-year soft loan agreement at 0.2% interest was signed between the Government of Mongolia and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation to build a new international airport.[7][8] The loan requires that the project is to be carried out by Japanese Consultants and Contractors however the materials and equipment the Contractors use can be up to 70% from any country. Between 2009 and 2011, Azusa Sekkei and Oriental Consultants Joint Venture made the design and bid documentation for the airport. In 2011, a call for bids was announced for the construction of the airport, with the Mitsubishi-Chiyoda Joint Venture (MCJV) successful in the Technical Bidding. An extended Price review and Contract negotiation was completed on 10 May 2013 when the main construction contract was signed between MCJV and the Civil Aviation Authority of Mongolia.[9]

The final amount of loans from the Japanese Government for the development of the airport totaled ¥65.6 billion (US$600 million), to be paid over 40 years.[18]


The ground breaking ceremony took place on 22 April 2012,[19][20] with initial construction starting with a site flood protection scheme. Other works under way were the construction of the electric power line from Nalaikh.

Main construction took place from May 2013 to April 2020.[21] The concrete pouring work for the control tower started on 13 September 2013.[citation needed] On 29 January 2014, the airport's electric substation construction was completed and connected to the Mongolian central grid.[22]

Construction of a 6-lane, 30 km-long highway to Ulaanbaatar started in May 2016,[23] and ended in 2019.[24]

While the initial opening date was slated for December 2016,[25] the bulk of construction only ended in 2017, with the opening of the airport repeatedly delayed, to 2018,[18] 2019,[26][27] 2020,[28] and 2021.[29] While initial delays to the project centred on contract negotiations regarding the operation and ownership of the airport and delays in construction of the highway to Ulaanbaatar, it was ready to open in 2020, but was finally delayed to 2021 due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Mongolia.

Operations at the airport started on 4 July 2021, with an inaugural flight to Tokyo operated by MIAT Mongolian Airlines, flying Ulaanbaatar-Narita-Ulaanbaatar with a Boeing 737.[30][31]



Chinggis Khaan International Airport is managed by New Ulaanbaatar International Airport LLC (Mongolian: Нью Улаанбаатар интернэйшнл эйрпорт ХХК),[32] who is responsible for the airport's operations for the next 15 years.[1] It was formed as a partnership between two companies: Japan Airport Management LLC (owned by Mitsubishi Corporation, Narita International Airport Corporation, Japan Airport Terminal, and JALUX), and will hold 51% of the company, while Khushigiin Khundii Airport (Mongolian: Хөшигийн хөндийн нисэх онгоцны буудал ТӨХХК), funded by the Government of Mongolia, owns a 49% stake.[17] JALUX manages the airport's retail businesses.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Mongolia, air travel is severely restricted, with border closures starting in January 2020 and the air border being entirely closed to commercial flights until June 2021.[33]

Aero Mongolia[34] Altai, Dalanzadgad, Irkutsk, Khovd, Mörön, Ölgii, Ovoot, Oyu Tolgoi, Tavan Tolgoi, Tianjin, Ulaangom
Aeroflot[34] Moscow–Sheremetyevo
Air Busan[34] Busan
Air China[34] Beijing–Capital
Angara Airlines Irkutsk[35]
Asiana Airlines[34] Seoul–Incheon[36]
Eznis Airways[34] Hong Kong[37]
Hunnu Air[34] Bayankhongor, Choibalsan, Dalanzadgad, Khovd, Mörön, Ölgii, Ulaangom, Ulan-Ude[38]
IrAero Seasonal: Ulan-Ude[39]
Korean Air[34] Seoul–Incheon
MIAT Mongolian Airlines[34] Beijing–Capital, Busan, Hong Kong, Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Seoul–Incheon, Tokyo–Narita
Seasonal: Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi
SCAT Airlines[34] Nur-Sultan
Turkish Airlines[34]Istanbul[40]

Airport overview[edit]


The airport covers an area of 104,200 km2.[10] It has one runway with a length of 3,600 m and width of 45 m. It also contains a 3,339 m (23 m wide) parallel taxiway, two rapid taxiways, and 3 exit taxiways.[1]


The airport's passenger terminals have an area of 25,300 km2,[10] with arrivals on the first (ground floor) and departures on the second floor.[41]


The cargo terminal has an area of 3,750 km2, with the airport having a yearly cargo capacity of 11,900 tonnes. It also contains separate facilities for the import/export of dangerous, high-value, and refrigerated goods.[12]


The airport is connected to the highway to the capital, with shuttle buses operating from four points in Ulaanbaatar: Dragon Bus Terminal, Buyant Ukhaa, Ulaanbaatar railway station, and Dunjingarav Market with expected travel time of 80–100 minutes one way. About 60 taxis are also set to serve passengers.[42]

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