Antonov Airport ( ICAO: UKKM) ( Ukrainian: аеропорт „Антонов” ), also known as [aeroˈport anˈtonof] Gostomel Airport ( Ukrainian: аеропорт „Гостомель”) is an international cargo airport and testing facility in Ukraine, located near Gostomel — the northwestern suburb of Kiev. [1 ]
The airport is owned by the
Antonov aircraft manufacturing company and operated by its subsidiary Antonov Airlines.
An-225, world's largest operating aircraft, is based in Gostomel.
History [ edit ]
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Construction of the airport began in 1959.
Commercial cargo operations at the airport began in 1989 with the first attempts at demilitarizing and commercializing of the Antonov Design Bureau.
Aircraft testing operations [ edit ]
Hostomel Airport was originally built as a top-secret in-house
Flight Testing and Improvement Base ( Russian: Летно-испытательная доводочная база) for Antonov airplanes. It is equipped with special equipment for it (e.g., artificial lightning generator) and granted a purpose test flight zone. Its sister facility, responsible for manufacturing, is located inside Kiev at the Sviatoshyn Airfield.
Cargo operations [ edit ]
The airport is used by the Antonov Airlines, as well as by other interested cargo carriers. The following facilities and services are available on site:
Military presence [ edit ]
This section requires expansion. (March 2008)
Ukrainian Air Force is either using or was using the airport for its transportation forces.
^ ( Boryspil and Zhulyany are the other two airports that serve Kiev)
^ Via the Bucha railroad station of the Ukrainian Railways.
External links [ edit ]