Kurumoch International Airport

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Kurumoch International Airport
Международный аэропорт «Курумоч»
Kurumoch Official Logo.jpg
Kurumoch International Airport New Terminal 1.jpg

IATA: KUFICAO: UWWW

KUF is located in Samara Oblast
KUF
KUF
Location of airport in Samara Oblast
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner JSC "Kurumoch International Airport"
Operator HC Airports of Regions
Serves Samara, Tolyatti
Location Samara, Russia
Elevation AMSL 477 ft / 145 m
Coordinates 53°30′6″N 050°9′18″E / 53.50167°N 50.15500°E / 53.50167; 50.15500Coordinates: 53°30′6″N 050°9′18″E / 53.50167°N 50.15500°E / 53.50167; 50.15500
Website www.uwww.aero
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
05/23 8,360 2,548 Asphalt
15/33 9,846 3,001 Concrete
Statistics (2014)
Passenger Traffic Increase 2,377,418 (+9.7%)
Cargo Traffic Increase 4,326
Time Zone UTC +4
Operating Time 24/7, All Year

Kurumoch International Airport (Russian: Международный аэропорт «Курумоч») (IATA: KUFICAO: UWWW) is the international airport of Samara, Russia, located 35 km (22 mi) north of the city. Besides Samara, the airport serves Tolyatti - the second largest city in the region. The name of airport originated from the closest village Kurumoch 7 km (4 mi) southwest. The airport is responsible for serving the 4,500,000 citizens of Samarskaya Oblast. Kurumoch used to serve as a hub for Samara Airlines until the airline's dissolution.

Description[edit]

Kurumoch was officially exploited on On May 15, 1961, as a domestic airport. Kurumoch is noted for being the largest airport (by passenger traffic) in the Volga Federal District. In 2014 Kurumoch Airport served 2,337,418 passengers, a +9.7% increase from that of 2013. Air traffic exceeded 29,000 aircraft in 2014, which is an +8.5% increase from the 2013 air traffic count. Kurumoch offered 81 destinations in 2014, the most popular one's being Moscow, Antalya, and Saint Petersburg. Over 60% of the flights were conducted by Aeroflot, Utair, S7 Airlines, Ural Airlines, and Nordwind Airlines.[1] Kurumoch is one of the top 10 busiest airports in Russia.

History[edit]

1957-1991[edit]

On December 19, 1957, under the command of the Council of Ministers of the Soviet Union, the construction of Kurumoch Airport commenced. Construction was overseen and managed by N.P. Skrinsky, the chairman of the Kuybyshev airport from January 7, 1958, to December 14, 1959. The airport was at first named Kurumoch airport, but was later renamed to Kuybyshev due to Samara's official name from 1935 to 1991 as the City of Kuybyshev. The airport didn't contain a domestic or international status because the initial purpose of the airport was for military practices and cargo imports/exports.[2]

Kurumoch airport at night.

On July 30, 1960, Kuybyshev airport was granted permission to exploit the airport for militaristic purposes. On that same day the first avionic practice was held with 13 Il-18s and 7 An-10s. Kuybyshev airport was also used as a transit aerodrome for short-range aircraft which needed constant refueling.

On February 27, 1961, the first commercial flight from Kuybyshev Airport to Sheremetyevo international Airport, Moscow, was piloted by V.A. Mikhailov. On May 15, 1961, Kuybyshev gained domestic status and had its first daily flight to Mineralnye Vody. That same year Kuybyshev Airport was granted flights to Leningrad (St. Petersburg), Tashkent, Adler etc.[2]

Construction continued between 1965-1970 with a new maintenance hangar, baggage claim facility, 5-story hotel, a second runway, and new oil storage bunkers added to Kurumoch's infrastructure. In 1970 approximately 700,000 passengers and 27,000 tonnes of cargo passed through Kuybyshev. By 1971 all the facilities and expansions were completed. In 1972, a training center for flight engineers finished construction. That same year, after endurance tests were completed, the second runway was exploited for commercial use.[2]

Between 1981-1990 Kurumoch underwent 2 indoor reconstructions. The second one in 1989 was for the purpose of creating two different lounge areas. After the fall of the Soviet Union the 2 areas turn into the domestic departure zone. A new flight catering facility was constructed. The facility demanded a large quantity of electricity for the freezers and conveyor belts, thus a much stronger transmission tower cable system was run to the Kuybyshev airport. This also improved the living conditions of the Kurumoch village nearby, which the cable ran through. In 1990, Kuybyshev airport reached its passenger traffic peak of 3,700,000.[2]

1991-2011[edit]

Preceding the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the City of Kuybyshev was renamed to Samara. In 1992, after meeting with the ICAO requirements, Kurumoch Airport was granted international status. In 1993 a new international terminal finished construction. It is still used to this day as the main and only terminal.

On February 19, 1993,the airport created an Open Joint-Stock Company (OJSC) Samara Airlines. Samara Airlines was made for the benefit and prospering of the Kuybyshev International Airport. On 9 December 1994, the airport made another OJSC "International Airport Samara".

On May 31, 2002, Kuybyshev International Airport was renamed to Kurumoch International Airport. The previous name was dismissed because of its ties with the Soviet Union (The city and airport were named after Valerian Kuybyshev: a pro-Soviet revolutionary). It was renamed to Kurumoch after the small village near the airport, and due to the fact that the airports original name was Kurumoch Airport.[2]

During 2007, with Rosaviatsia in cooperation with Russia's Ministry of Transport, a systematic plan was created in order to boost regional and general aviation in Russia between the years of 2008-2020. This included the optimization of Russian air companies ( Aeroflot, S7, etc.)and airports, as well as the creation of transit traffic and hub airports. Kurumoch was prospectively regarded as the best hub airport for the Volga Federal District.[2]

2011-Present[edit]

In 2011, as was demanded by the President of Russia, OJSC "International Airport Samara" was to auction 50.99% of its shares to capitalist investors. That same year Airports of Regions, the largest airport holding company in Russia (and held by Renova Group), won their bid on the investment towards Kurumoch international Airport.

On January 17, 2012, "Koltsovo Invest" and JSC "Development Corporation Samara Region" signed a contract officially realizing the Kurumoch development project.The contract stated that In Phase I of construction, Airports of Regions was to build a new terminal no less than 35,000 m² in size, and the facility was to be exploited no later than 31 December 2014. The contract also noted that the airport was to have a passenger traffic handling rate of 3,500,000 passengers annually, and cost approximately 12,300,000,000 rubles (via 2011 currency rate), 4,331,000,000 of which were to be invested by private owners/companies.[3] Most of the contract clauses regarding Phase I of the development project were met.

Phase II is set between 2015-2018, and is aimed at increasing the area of the then existing terminal (an additional 25,000 m², creating a facility with 60,000 m² total surface), the construction of a new ≤4 star hotel, a business center, a multi-storey parking area, and an Aeroexpress/train station. After Phase II, the airport should be able to handle up to 4,000,000 passengers annually.

Sponsorship and Charity Donations[edit]

Kurumoch International Airport has sponsored FC Polet, which it co-created with USSR theater performer Alexander Mikhailkovich, since the 1970s. Today, the football club is sponsored by the JSC "Kurumoch International Airport". In November 2014, Kurumoch International Airport, has decided to relocate all matches played by FC Polet in the next season to the Metallurg Stadium in Samara.[4]

Infrastructure[edit]

Kurumoch's main entrance and check-in desks
The "space" styled interior of the airport.

Today, the airport consists of 2 runways, 1 cargo terminal, 1 VIP terminal (departure and arrivals), and 2 airport facilities. Kurumoch has 50 airplane parking slots for various types of aircraft. The airport can handle 19 aircraft at any particular point.

Terminal A[edit]

Also known as the main terminal and the departure building, Terminal A is the most widely used facility of the entire airport. Terminal A finished construction in 1993, but underwent major renovations in 1998 and 2004. The building is 11,340 m² and consists of 3 floors: underground floor, floor 1, and floor 2. the main terminal serves as the departure for international and domestic flights (including baggage handling for departure flights), and as an air traffic control tower. Additionally, most of JSC International Airport "Kurumoch" offices are located in terminal A. Altogether Terminal A has a capacity of 750 passenger per hour. The domestic zone has a capacity of 600 passengers per hour. whilst the international terminal can handle 150 passengers per hour.

Renovations within the terminal have been made as recent as of spring 2014. The underground floor has public bathrooms, fast food restaurants, and a maintenance room. Floor 1 consists of 8 check-in desks for domestic departures and 6 for international, baggage wrapping, and the domestic departure lounge. Floor 2 has a variety of air company offices, the international departure zone, and staff rooms.

VIP Terminal[edit]

The business terminal was built in 2004. It can handle 50 passengers per hour. The business terminal offers private check-in desks, a lounge area with standard entertainment systems. Kurumoch also offers all business class personnel a ride to their airplane by separate buses.

Runways/Other[edit]

The airport contains 2 runways, but at the moment only the used runway is equipped with ILS equipment and certified with category I ILS license. The used runway is 3,001mx55m and is made of asphalt. The second runway was 2,548x50m and made of concrete, but is currently under reconstruction. The cargo terminal can handle 200 tonnes per hour and is 3,758 m². The domestic arrival contains one conveyor belt. The international arrival has a passport control and one conveyor belt.

Construction[edit]

Terminal 1 on September 19, 2014.
View of the airport from the runway.

Decision for New Terminal[edit]

In the 1990s Kurumoch's passenger traffic rate was decreasing, therefore it didn't have any sufficient investments. The passenger traffic was relatively low and could be served with comfort in the old terminal. But as passenger traffic rate began to increase, the problem of overcrowding was a potential threat. Kurumoch's terminal was meant for approximately 1,250,000 passengers annually, but already in 2008 the airport was serving over 1,400,000 passengers. The main terminal didn't have any definite arrival section until the late 1990s, and today's Domestic and International Baggage Claim is not equipped to handle such a flow of passengers.

In spring 2011 a contest over the investment towards a complete reconstruction of Kurumoch's facilities was announced.In fall 2011, HC Airports of Regions won the bid and gained full legal rights over the investment of Kurumoch International Airport. Airports of Regions finished developing their complete plan on the construction of multiple new facilities in the spring of 2012. The construction was split into 2 phases: Phase I and Phase II. The initial price of the new airport was placed at 339,11,1370 USD or 13,000,000,000 Rubles. Today, the builders of the new airport are CJSC KOMPACT Saint Petersburg. KOMPAKT set their deadline on the completion of Phase I on December 31, 2014. Phase II is said to be completed by the spring of 2018; before the 2018 FIFA World Cup, in which Samara is an official host city.

Phase I[edit]

Phase I will include the construction of Terminal B, ground parking lot, a new cargo terminal, and additionally the reconstruction of the unused runway.

The airport terminal will have 7 jet bridges, 2 of them being double bridges, 4 conveyor belts, 2,000 m² of Duty-free shops, a Business Lounge, 24 check-in desks, and commercial shops/restaurants. The new terminal itself is said to be over 41,700 m². The jet bridges will be supplied by the Thyssen Krupp company. The airport will have 5 floors all together: 3 main floors and 2 mezzanines. The very first floor will have the check-in desks, baggage wrapping, commercial stores such as Good Trip, and Zdorovye Lydi (Здоровые Люди). Blueprints show the arrivals and baggage claim section on the second floor. Third floor will contain security desks, passport controls, and the departure zone, as well as the duty-free shops and the VIP Lounge. Domestic and International security check stations and passport control will be separate from each other. The Domestic part of the airport is said to have 4 jet bridges, while the international will have 3. There will be 7 Gates for the jet bridges and 6 for the bus systems. The new terminal will have a variety of restaurants. The Kurumoch Official Website stated that Grenki-Pub, Shokoladnitsa (Шоколадница), Charters Pub, and Starbucks will be in the new terminal. The airport will be able to handle up to 4,000,000 passengers year.

Phase II[edit]

Phase II will include the construction of a business center and hotel connected to or near Terminal B, a train system from Kurumoch International Airport to Samara, and a levelled parking lot. Not much is known about the Phase II process.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Aeroflot Moscow-Sheremetyevo
Aeroflot
operated by Orenair
Moscow-Domodedovo (begins 25 October 2015),[5] Moscow-Vnukovo
Aeroflot
operated by Rossiya
St. Petersburg
Air Astana Almaty
Astra Airlines Charter: Thessaloniki
Belavia Minsk-National[6]
Centre-South Chelyabinsk, Kazan, Novy Urengoy
Czech Airlines Prague
Dexter Air Taxi Izhevsk, Penza
Ellinair Seasonal charter: Corfu (resumes 30 May 2016), Heraklion (begins 29 May 2016), Thessaloniki[7]
Finnair
operated by Nordic Regional Airlines
Seasonal: Helsinki[8]
flydubai Dubai-International
Georgian Airways Tbilisi[9]
Komiaviatrans Syktyvkar
MetroJet Seasonal charter: Antalya
Lufthansa Frankfurt (ends 6 September 2015)[10]
NordStar Norilsk, Rostov-on-Don
Orenair Munich
Seasonal: Anapa, Sochi
Seasonal charter: Hurghada, Rhodes, Sharm el-Sheikh
Orenburzhye Orenburg, Penza, Saratov
RusLine Yekaterinburg
S7 Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo, Surgut[11]
Transaero Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo, Moscow-Vnukovo[12]
Seasonal: Barcelona, Dubai-International, Paphos, Sharm el-Sheikh[13]
Ural Airlines Anapa,[14] Baku, Bishkek,[15] Dubai-International, Dushanbe, Khujand, Moscow-Domodedovo, Osh, Prague, Tashkent, Yerevan
Seasonal: Hurghada, Sharm el-Sheikh
UTair Aviation Kogalym, Moscow-Vnukovo, Nizhny Novgorod, Sabetta, Surgut, Yekaterinburg
Seasonal: Mineralnye Vody
Uzbekistan Airways Tashkent
Vueling Seasonal: Barcelona[16]
Yamal Airlines Nizhnevartovsk, Tyumen (begins 1 July 2015)[17]

Cargo[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Europe Airpost Paris-Charles de Gaulle

Statistics[edit]

2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Increase 997,783 Increase 1,040,250 Increase 1,218,954 Increase 1,393,828 Increase 1,457,346 Decrease 1,306,092 Increase 1,570,911 Increase 1,740,641 Increase 1,890,483 Increase 2,167,728 Increase 2,377,418

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On March 8, 1965, Aeroflot Flight 448 crashed shortly after taking off. All 25 passengers and crew on board were killed.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Международный аэропорт Курумоч подвел итоги работы в 2014 году". 16 January 2015. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Холдинг "Аэропорты Регионов"". www.ar-management.ru. Retrieved 2015-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Подписано инвестиционное соглашение по проекту развития международного аэропорта "Курумоч" | Официальный сайт ОАО "Корпорация развития Самарской области"". www.razvitie63.ru. Retrieved 2015-06-03. 
  4. ^ "В 2015 году "Полет" переедет на "Металлург"". November 15, 2014. Retrieved January 10, 2015. 
  5. ^ http://airlineroute.net/2015/07/16/sur2-dme-w15/
  6. ^ Инанец, Снежана (31 January 2013). ""Белавиа" будет летать в Самару и Кутаиси и обучит сотрудников корректному общению с пассажирами". TUT.BY. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  7. ^ http://el.ellinair.com
  8. ^ Siebert, Lucy (4 June 2014). "New Flybe Finland flights to Russia" (4 June 2014). Routes News. Routes News. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Where We Fly - Samara". georgian-airways.com. Georgian Airways. Retrieved 6 April 2015. 
  10. ^ http://airlineroute.net/2015/06/04/lh-russia-sep15/
  11. ^ "S7 Airlines начинает полеты из Сургута". S7.ru. S7 Airlines. Retrieved 10 March 2015. 
  12. ^ "Schedule". City pairs Schedule. JSC "TRANSAERO" Airlines. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  13. ^ L, J (2 June 2015). "Transaero Expands Russia – Egypt Traffic in S15". Airline Route. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  14. ^ "Изменения маршрутных сетей за 3–16 апреля". ato.ru. 16 April 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  15. ^ Ural airlines begin two new service from Samara to Baku and Bishkek
  16. ^ Vueling estrena dos rutas entre Barcelona y Rusia
  17. ^ "Авиакомпания «Ямал» запустит рейсы из Тюмени в Самару и Ростов-на-Дону". Ъ-Online. Коммерсантъ. 26 June 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 

External links[edit]

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