International Airport Irkutsk

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International Airport Irkutsk
Аэропорт Иркутск
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Airport type Public / Military
Owner Russian Federation
Operator JSC "International Airport Irkutsk"
Serves Irkutsk
Location Irkutsk, Russia
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 1,675 ft / 511 m
Coordinates 52°16′05″N 104°23′20″E / 52.26806°N 104.38889°E / 52.26806; 104.38889Coordinates: 52°16′05″N 104°23′20″E / 52.26806°N 104.38889°E / 52.26806; 104.38889
IKT is located in Irkutsk Oblast
Location of airport in Irkutsk Oblast
Direction Length Surface
ft m
12/30 11,702 3,564 polymer asphalt concrete
Statistics (2013)
Passengers Increase 1,569,011
Servicing of cargo (in tons) Increase 11 578

International Airport Irkutsk (Russian: Международный Аэропорт Иркутск) (IATA: IKTICAO: UIII) is an airport on the outskirts of Irkutsk, Russia, at a distance of 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Lake Baikal.


The airport has direct international flights to Vietnam, Germany, Greece, Egypt, Spain, China, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uzbekistan and South Korea. It has daily domestic flights to Moscow, Vladivostok, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, Yakutsk, Saint Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Sochi, and regional daily flights to Ust-Kut, Bratsk, Bodaybo, Kirensk and other Russian cities.

Due to its proximity to the Angara Reservoir, the airport is subject to a microclimate of foggy weather. When the airport is closed due to bad weather conditions, Bratsk Airport, Ulan-Ude Airport, Irkutsk Northwest Airport, and Belaya (air base) serve as diversion airports.


  • 24 June 1925. is considered the official birth date of Irkutsk airport. 6 aircraft — participants of great flight on the route MoscowIrkutskUlan-BatorBeijing arrived at Irkutsk airport that day. Of these 6 planes, 4 were domestic and 2 were foreign. This flight was headed by pilot Mr. I. P. Shmidt. The event served as the beginning of organized planned air opening up of Siberia.
  • On August 10–13, 1928 the first postal-passengers flight on the hydro aviation route IrkutskBodaybo on the aircraft Junkers F 13 «Mossovet» was performed.
  • August 1932 the greatest major air route MoscowVladivostok was opened. Irkutsk aviators started to perform flights on the route IrkutskMogocha.
  • January 1948. 24 hour flights on the air routes IrkutskMoscow, IrkutskBodayboYakutsk were started.
  • On December 30, 1954 Airport Irkutsk had become the status of international by means of Government of the Soviet Union № 2412–1153.
  • On September 15, 1956 the jet aircraft Tupolev Tu-104 first arrived at Irkutsk aerodrome by tech-flight from Beijing. That day was starting the first in the USSR passenger air route MoscowIrkutsk on jet airliner Tupolev Tu-104. The flight was performed by Moscow crew headed by captain Mr. E. P. Barabash.
  • On March 7, 1975. the first aircraft of second generation of civil airplanes Tupolev Tu-154 landed in Irkutsk.
  • April 4, 1975. The first flight to Moscow on Tupolev Tu-154 was performed.
  • November 11, 1980 The first Il-76 CCCP-76525 arrived in Irkutsk. The crew consisted of: flight instructor МГА Mr. M. V. Ptitsyn, the commander УТО Mr. V. F. Podshivalov, captain-probationer A.V. Bobylkov and other flying experts.
  • December 19, 1980 The first flight was performed on the route IrkutskPolyarnyi using Il-76, it was headed by air detachment commander Mr. v. I. Sviridov.
  • April 1, 1992 According to order № 238 d.d. 30 March Irkutsk united air group was reorganized. There were: State Enterprise " Irkutsk Airport " (SE «Irkutsk Airport») and public corporation «Air company «Baikal»
  • October 28, 1994. The certificate № 045-А-М of Intergovernmental Aviation Committee for accordance with certification requirements was given. The airport was accepted as suitable for international flights service.
  • December 16, 1994 The acting terminal of international flights was put in commission.
  • April 12, 2002 Aerodrome operator changed name to Federal State Unitary Enterprise "Irkutsk Airport".
  • July 14, 2004 The aerodrome got the certificate to accept international flight and landing-minimum 1 category ICAO 60Template:Explain?
  • On October 14, 2008 the work for lengthening the runway (400 m towards Lake Baikal) was completed.
  • April 10, 2009 Re-opening of the domestic terminal after reconstruction. The terminal is called "Crystal Gate".
  • November 13, 2009 - International Airport "Airport Irkutsk" held its first aircraft spotting session, becoming the third largest city in Russia (after Moscow and Novosibirsk). The event has become a tradition.[4][5]
  • July 2, 2010 - Airport "Irkutsk" celebrated its 85th anniversary.[6]
  • March 1, 2011 - Federal State Unitary Enterprise "Airport Irkutsk" transformed into an open Joint-stock company International airport "Irkutsk".

Technical characteristics[edit]

Airport map (2007)
Gate in the International Airport Irkutsk.
Apron buses at Irkutsk Airport.

Airport "Irkutsk" has only one runway with armobetonnym coating having a vertical drop of more than 30 m. The total capacity of the two passenger terminals is 1450 passengers / hour. Cargo terminal is equipped with diesel forklifts, hoists, container platform, electronic and mechanical scales (for weighing cargo up to 30 tons). The airport complex also includes the airport hotel "Air Harbour", a service of aviation service (board food workshop) repair facility and medical services. There is a VIP lounge in the international terminal building.

Passenger capacity:

  • Domestic terminal: 800 passengers/hour
  • International terminal: 650 passengers/hour

Cargo terminal: area = 2.2 hectares with a capacity of 150 tonnes per day.

Fire fighting equipment: cat VIII

Runway characteristics[edit]

The class of the artificial landing strip - B (according to the length of the landing strip) Corresponding to the first category of ICAO.

Runway dimensions and type of surface: 3565 x 45 m, Cement and Concrete – 40 cm, Fiber Crete – 29 cm, PCN 72/R/C/X/T.
Aids to navigation and operations:

ETOPS Diversion airport[edit]

Irkutsk airport serves as a diversion airport on transcontinental flights and Polar route 2.[7][8]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Angara Airlines Antonov An-148 landing at Irkutsk Airport.
S7 Airlines Tupolev Tu-154M in new livery parked at Irkutsk Airport.
Airlines Destinations
Aero Mongolia Ulaanbaatar
Aeroflot Moscow-Sheremetyevo
operated by Aurora
Alrosa Mirny Air Enterprise Lensk, Mirny, Udachny
Angara Airlines Bodaybo, Bratsk, Chita, Erbogachen, Kirensk, Krasnoyarsk-Yemelyanovo, Mama, Mirny, Novosibirsk, Olyokminsk, Polyarny,[9] Talakan, Ust-Kut, Vladivostok, Yakutsk
Seasonal: Sochi
Avia Traffic Company Osh
operated by PANH
China Eastern Airlines Seasonal charter: Jinan, Xi'an
Hainan Airlines Beijing-Capital
IrAero Abakan, Blagoveshchensk, Bodaybo, Bratsk, Chita, Harbin, Khabarovsk, Krasnoyarsk-Yemelyanovo, Lensk, Magadan, Manzhouli, Nizhnevartovsk, Shenyang, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Samara, Ulan-Ude, Ust-Kut, Vladivostok, Yakutsk
Juneyao Airlines Seasonal: Shanghai-Pudong
Korean Air Seasonal: Seoul-Incheon
NordStar Kyzyl, Novosibirsk
Nordwind Airlines Seasonal Charter: Denpasar/Bali, Krabi, Nha Trang, Phuket, Sanya
Pegas Fly Seasonal Charter: Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Barcelona, Burgas, Dubai-World Central, Heraklion, Nha Trang (Cam Ranh), U-Tapao
PANH Kazachinskoe, Nizhneudinsk, Zheleznogorsk-Ilimsky, Ulan-Ude
Polar Airlines Lensk
S7 Airlines Beijing-Capital, Magadan, Moscow-Domodedovo, Novosibirsk, Vladivostok
Seasonal: Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Hong Kong, Seoul-Incheon
S7 Airlines
operated by Globus
Novosibirsk, Yakutsk
Somon Air Dushanbe
Tianjin Airlines Seasonal Charter: Ordos
Ural Airlines Changchun, Harbin, Khabarovsk, Moscow-Domodedovo, Vladivostok, Yekaterinburg
UTair Aviation Krasnoyarsk-Yemelyanovo, Surgut, Tomsk
Yakutia Airlines Chita, Neryungri, Tashkent, Yakutsk


Airlines Destinations
China Postal Airlines Charter Flights only
Volga-Dnepr Airlines Kolkata


Busiest routes at International Airport Irkutsk (by number of passengers) 2013[10]
Rank Country Region City Airport Airlines Number of passengers
1  Russia Moscow Moscow / Moscow Oblast Moscow Oblast Moscow Moscow Domodedovo Airport IrAero, S7 Airlines, Ural Airlines 128,586
2  Russia Moscow Moscow / Moscow Oblast Moscow Oblast Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport Aeroflot, Orenair 112,868
3  Thailand Bangkok Metropolitan Region Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Transaero, UTair Aviation 53,497
4  Russia Moscow Moscow / Moscow Oblast Moscow Oblast Moscow Vnukovo International Airport Transaero, UTair Aviation 40,045
5  Russia Novosibirsk Oblast Novosibirsk Oblast Novosibirsk Novosibirsk Tolmachevo Airport Angara, IrAero, NordStar, RusLine, S7 Airlines 35,762
6  Russia Khabarovsk Krai Khabarovsk Krai Khabarovsk Khabarovsk Novy Airport Angara, Aurora Airlines, IrAero, S7 Airlines, Vladivostok Air 34,108
7  China Municipality of Beijing Beijing Beijing Capital Airport Hainan Airlines, S7 Airlines 30,563
8  Thailand Phuket Province Phuket City Phuket International Airport Nordwind Airlines 28,808
9  Russia Irkutsk Oblast Irkutsk Oblast Ust-Kut Ust-Kut Airport Angara Airlines, UTair Express 28,503
10  Turkey Antalya Province Antalya Antalya Airport Nordwind Airlines, UTair Aviation, VIM Airlines 21,481
11  Russia Sakha Republic Sakha Republic (Yakutia) Yakutsk Yakutsk Airport IrAero, S7 Airlines, Yakutia Airlines 21,134
12  Russia Sakha Republic Sakha Republic (Yakutia) Lensk Lensk Airport Alrosa Mirny Air Enterprise, Polar Airlines, Yakutia Airlines 15,750
13  Russia Irkutsk Oblast Irkutsk Oblast Kirensk Kirensk Airport Angara Airlines 14,913
14  Russia Primorsky Krai Primorsky Krai Vladivostok Knevichi Airport Angara Airlines, S7 Airlines, Ural Airlines 14,466
15  Russia Sakha Republic Sakha Republic (Yakutia) Mirny Mirny Airport Alrosa Mirny Air Enterprise, Angara Airlines 14,136
Busiest routes at International Airport Irkutsk (by number of passengers) 2015[11]
Rank Country Region City Airport Airlines Number of passengers
1  Russia Moscow Moscow / Moscow Oblast Moscow Oblast Moscow Moscow Domodedovo Airport, Sheremetyevo International Airport, Vnukovo International Airport S7 Airlines, Ural Airlines, Aeroflot, Transaero 614,888
2  Russia Novosibirsk Oblast Novosibirsk Oblast Novosibirsk Novosibirsk Tolmachevo Airport Angara, IrAero, NordStar, S7 Airlines 139,208
3  Thailand Bangkok Metropolitan Region, Phuket Province Bangkok, Phuket City Suvarnabhumi Airport, Phuket International Airport Azur Air, S7 Airlines, Pegas Fly 125,418
4  China Municipality of Beijing Beijing, Manzhouli, Harbin, Hong Kong Beijing Capital Airport, Manzhouli Xijiao Airport, Harbin, Hong Kong Airport Hainan Airlines, S7 Airlines 106,323
5  Russia Khabarovsk Krai Khabarovsk Krai Khabarovsk Khabarovsk Novy Airport Aurora Airlines, IrAero 76,340
6  Russia Primorsky Krai Primorsky Krai Vladivostok Knevichi Airport S7 Airlines, Ural Airlines 50,251

Transport connection[edit]

The airport is actually located within the city. At the airport there are two paid parking area: 180 seats (near the international terminal) and 80 seats (near the terminal domestic airlines).

At air terminals equipped with three stops for complex urban public transport. In addition, three times daily shuttle buses number 306 to Angarsk (2010 data).

Periodical literature[edit]

Airport publishes its own regional newspaper industry "Irkutsk sky", dedicated to civil aviation in Irkutsk region. The publication contains interviews with the heads of airlines, airline news column, analytical materials. The newspaper is published bimonthly and distributed free in the airport terminals and the airlines' offices in Irkutsk.[12]

Incidents and accidents[edit]

In Summer 2006, when the only runway was closed after the S7 crash (see below), incoming planes were diverted to the runway of the nearby Irkut aviation plant, where Sukhoi fighters and the Beriev Be-200 are produced.

  • On 9 July 2006, S7 Airlines Flight 778 overshot the runway, and crashed through a concrete barricade, hit a group of private garages and burst into flames, killing 125 out 203 people on board.

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