Komsomolsk-on-Amur Airport

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Komsomolsk-na-Amur Khurba
Аэропорт Хурба Комсомольский район 1.jpg
Summary
Airport type Military
Operator Russian Air Force
Location Komsomolsk-na-Amure
Elevation AMSL 92 ft / 28 m
Coordinates 50°24′30″N 136°56′0″E / 50.40833°N 136.93333°E / 50.40833; 136.93333
Website www.airksl.ru
Map
KXK is located in Khabarovsk Krai
KXK
KXK
Location of airport in Khabarovsky Krai
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
18/36 8,202 2,500 Concrete

Khurba (also given as Komsomolsk South, Khurba, Hurba, Uchastok, and Kalinovka) (IATA: KXKICAO: UHKK) is an air base (also used as an airport (Russian: Аэропорт Хурба)) in Khabarovsk Krai, Russia 17 kilometres (11 mi) south of Komsomolsk-on-Amur. This medium-sized base has considerable tarmac space and an extended area of revetments. It handles medium-sized airliners.

Units stationed at Komsomolsk-na-Amur/Khurba include:

  • 277 BAP (277th Bomber Aviation Regiment) currently changing from flying Sukhoi Su-24M2s in the 1990-2000s[1][2] to the Sukhoi Su-34 with the first 10 delivered.[3][4][5]
  • 216 IAP (216th Interceptor Aviation Regiment) flying Sukhoi Su-27 aircraft during 1986-1987 in addition to 277 BAP).
  • 26 Gv OPIB (26th Guards Independent Fighter-Bomber Regiment) flying Sukhoi Su-17M3 aircraft at the end of the Cold War.[1] This unit operated under 1st Air Army (1 OA), i.e. Far East Air Army).

History[edit]

Khurba Airport began as a military airfield garrison Khurba-2. The airfield was built during the Great Patriotic War with its old original runway with length of 810 meters is not currently in use. At the airport deployed:

  • From November 1948 to June 1962: 311th Fighter Regiment defense on the Yak-9, MiG-15, MiG-17 and Su-9. Disbanded at the airport June 21, 1962 [1]
  • From 1991 to 1998: 216th Fighter Aviation Regiment with Su-27 airplanes
  • From October 1970 to September 1, 2009: 277th Bomber Aviation Regiment Mlavsky Red Banner on the Sukhoi Su-24M

Later, the garrison was reorganized to the 6988-th Air Base. The airfield was built for the Ministry of Defense standards with scattered parking, arched reinforced concrete shelters for aircraft and reserve a dirt runway parallel to the concrete.

The airport regularly worked in Soviet times with daily flying international flights for the Far East region.

1990s to 2000s[edit]

From the late 1990s to late 2000s, the airport was effectively closed to passenger traffic, in the summer time (periodically) flying to Moscow JSC "Krasnoyarsk airlines" airplanes Tu-154 with a stopover in Krasnoyarsk (once a week). In summer 2009, after a decade flights began to perform again in Moscow - the carriage is performed airline "Vladivostok Avia" in the aircraft Tu-204-300. In late 2011, "Vladivostok Avia" was purchased by Aeroflot, whose leadership has recognized the flights to and from Komsomolsk-on-Amur are unprofitable, and a major industrial center of the Far East was again left without a direct air link to the capital.

2010s[edit]

In 2016 the airport was privatized with its shares sold for 70.15 million ruble to a St. Petersburg "EVM Property". It is planned to resume air service between Komsomolsk-on-Amur and cities such as Khabarovsk, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Nikolayevsk-on-Amur, Okhotsk, Vladivostok, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and Irkutsk. In the future, it will be established air communication with Moscow. It is expected that the airport will open at least five regional flights a week.[6]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Aeroflot
operated by Aurora
Vladivostok[7][8]
VIM Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo, Novosibirsk

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "37 Vozdushnaya Armiya VGK". Brinkster.com. Archived from the original on March 16, 2012. 
  2. ^ Butowski, Pyotr (2004). Air Power Analysis: Russian Federation. AIRtime Publishing, Inc. 
  3. ^ http://bmpd.livejournal.com/1929047.html[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ http://bmpd.livejournal.com/2095335.html[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ AirForces Monthly. Stamford, Lincolnshire, England: Key Publishing Ltd. January 2017. p. 23. 
  6. ^ Аэропорт Комсомольска-на-Амуре приватизировали
  7. ^ Liu, Jim (7 March 2017). "Aurora expands Vladivostok network in March 2017". Routesonline. Retrieved 7 March 2017. 
  8. ^ "Прямой рейс свяжет Комсомольск-на-Амуре и Владивосток". primamedia.ru (in Russian). Медиахолдинг PrimaMedia. 1 February 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2017. 

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