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Antonov Airport

Аеропорт «Антонов»
Сухой Су-27-30-32-34-35-37 , Киев - Антонов (Гостомель) RP3226.jpg
Airport typeCivil government
OperatorAntonov Airlines
LocationHostomel, Kiev Oblast, Ukraine
Elevation AMSL517 ft / 158 m
Coordinates50°36′13″N 030°11′31″E / 50.60361°N 30.19194°E / 50.60361; 30.19194Coordinates: 50°36′13″N 030°11′31″E / 50.60361°N 30.19194°E / 50.60361; 30.19194
GML is located in Ukraine
Location of the airport in Ukraine
Direction Length Surface
ft m
15/33 11,483 3,500 Concrete

Antonov Airport (IATA: GML, ICAO: UKKM) (Ukrainian: аеропорт „Антонов” [aeroˈport anˈtonof]), also known as Gostomel Airport or Hostomel Airport (Ukrainian: аеропорт „Гостомель”) is an international cargo airport and testing facility in Ukraine, located near Hostomel, which is the northwestern suburb of Kiev.[1]

The airport is owned by the Antonov aircraft manufacturing company and operated by its subsidiary Antonov Airlines. The only An-225, world's largest operating aircraft, is based in Gostomel.


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]

Gostomel Airport was originally built as a top-secret in-house Flight Testing and Improvement Base (Ukrainian: Льотно-випробувальна і довідна 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 Kyiv at the Sviatoshyn Airfield.

Cargo operations[edit]

Antonov Airlines Antonov An-225 landing at Gostomel (2014)

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]

Ukrainian Air Force is either using or was using the airport for its transportation forces.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ (Boryspil and Zhulyany are the other two airports that serve Kiev)
  2. ^ Via the Bucha railroad station of the Ukrainian Railways.

External links[edit]

Media related to Gostomel Airport at Wikimedia Commons