Minsk-1 Airport

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This article is about the former minor airport of Minsk. For the current international airport, see Minsk National Airport.
Minsk-1 Airport
Аэрапорт Мінск-1
Аэропорт Минск-1
Summary
Airport type Public (Closed)
Serves Minsk
Location Minsk, Belarus
Closed December 23, 2015 (2015-12-23)
Elevation AMSL 748 ft / 228 m
Coordinates 53°51′52″N 27°32′23″E / 53.86444°N 27.53972°E / 53.86444; 27.53972Coordinates: 53°51′52″N 27°32′23″E / 53.86444°N 27.53972°E / 53.86444; 27.53972
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
12/30 6,562 2,000 Asphalt

Minsk-1 Airport (IATA: MHPICAO: UMMM) was[1] a Belarussian airport located within the city limits of Minsk, just a few kilometres south from the centre. It featured one 2000m x 60m runway, enabling aircraft of maximum weight of 63 tons to operate.

History[edit]

Minsk-1 was built in 1933. The first aircraft to use the airport was a Kalinin K-5. In 1934, Po-2 aircraft served the airport. In 1935, the first regular routes departing from Minsk-1 to destinations within Belarus were started. In 1936, the first mail and passenger flight to Moscow was established.

During the 1970s, the airport served over one million passengers per year. It was the major airport of Minsk until the new airport Minsk-2, now named Minsk National Airport, opened in 1982.

In February 2006 a decision was made to transfer a Minsk aircraft repair plant situated on the Minsk-1 territory out of the city line. 320 ha of freed land will be transferred to the city authorities for real estate development. Flights to Moscow-Vnukovo operated by UTair Aviation were served from the airport until 26 October 2012.[2][3] The airport officially shut down on 23 December 2015.[1]

Access[edit]

It takes about 10 minutes by car or bus to reach the airport from the city centre.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b rusaviainsider.com - Belarusian airports see traffic growth in 2015 29 January 2016
  2. ^ Плохотниченко, Юрий (26 October 2012). "UTair меняет аэропорт в Минске". Travel.ru. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Международный "Аэропорт Минск-1"". Расписание полётов. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 

External links[edit]

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