Minsk National Airport

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Minsk National Airport
Нацыянальны аэрапорт Мінск
Национальный аэропорт Минск
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Airport type Public
Serves Minsk, Belarus
Location Kastrychnitski
Hub for Belavia
Elevation AMSL 204 m / 669 ft
Coordinates 53°52′57″N 28°01′57″E / 53.88250°N 28.03250°E / 53.88250; 28.03250Coordinates: 53°52′57″N 28°01′57″E / 53.88250°N 28.03250°E / 53.88250; 28.03250
Website airport.by
MSQ is located in Belarus
Location of airport in Belarus
Direction Length Surface
m ft
13/31 3,641 11,942 Concrete
Statistics (2016)
Passengers 3,429,112[1]
Passenger change 15–16 Increase23.2%
Sources: ACI's 2014 World Airport Traffic Report.

Minsk National Airport (IATA: MSQICAO: UMMS), (Belarusian: Нацыянальны аэрапорт Мінск, [natsɨjaˈnalʲnɨ aeraˈport mʲinsk]; Russian: Национальный аэропорт Минск), formerly named Minsk-2 - not to be confused with the now defunct Minsk-1 Airport near downtown Minsk -, is the main international airport in Belarus, located 42 km (26 mi) to the east of the capital Minsk, geographically lying in the territory of Smalyavichy Raion, but administratively being subordinated to Kastrychnitski District of Minsk. The airport serves as hub of the national Belarusian airline Belavia and the cargo carriers TransAVIAexport Airlines and Genex.


Early years[edit]

Construction of Minsk-2 airport began in 1977. In 1979 a new runway 3,640-m-long and 60-m-wide was operational. By 1981 the aerodrome "Minsk-2" was able to handle aircraft and the airport opened in 1982. The first passenger flight was operated with a Tupolev Tu-134. Eleven years later the airport was complete and the terminal with an annual capacity of 5.8 million passengers opened.[citation needed]

Development since the 1990s[edit]

Regular flights began in 1983; by 1990 passenger traffic reached 2.2 million passengers. From 1991 the number of flights began to decline due to collapse of the Soviet Union and other consequent changes. By 1997 the number of the passengers was 516,000, in 1998 – 480,000, in 2000 – only 400,000 passengers. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union the first million passengers was handled by Minsk National Airport in 2008. Due to the substantial growth in passenger traffic 2008 became a significant mark for the airport.[2]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to and from Minsk:[3]

Airlines Destinations
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo
Air China Beijing–Capital
airBaltic Riga
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Belavia Almaty, Amsterdam, Aşgabat, Astana, Baku, Barcelona, Beirut, Belgrade, Berlin–Schönefeld, Budapest, Charleroi, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hanover, Helsinki, Istanbul–Atatürk, Kaliningrad, Kharkiv, Kiev–Boryspil, Kiev–Zhuliany, Krasnodar, London–Gatwick, Lviv, Milan–Malpensa, Moscow–Domodedovo, Moscow-Zhukovsky, Nizhny Novgorod,[4] Odessa, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Prague, Riga, Rome–Fiumicino, St Petersburg, Sochi, Stockholm–Arlanda, Tbilisi, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Vilnius, Warsaw–Chopin, Yerevan[4]
Seasonal: Batumi
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi[5]
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Motor Sich Airlines Zaporizhia
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk
Turkmenistan Airlines Aşgabat
Ukraine International Airlines Kiev–Boryspil
Utair Moscow–Vnukovo
Uzbekistan Airways Tashkent
Yamal Airlines Yekaterinburg[6]


Airlines Destinations
Turkish Airlines Cargo Istanbul–Atatürk, Vienna[7]


Traffic by calendar year. Official ACI Statistics[8]
Passengers Change from previous year Aircraft operations Change from previous year Cargo
(metric tons)
Change from previous year
2005 559,114 Increase10.86% 5,456 Increase 2.83% 5,488 Increase 4.29%
2006 637,560 Increase14.03% 6,144 Increase12.61% 6,059 Increase10.40%
2007 830,481 Increase30.26% 7,590 Increase23.54% 7,290 Increase20.32%
2008 1,010,695 Increase21.70% 9,256 Increase21.95% 7,870 Increase 7.96%
2009 1,028,886 Increase 1.80% 9,341 Increase 0.92% 7,289 Decrease 7.38%
2010 1,285,423 Increase24.93% 11,020 Increase17.97% 8,553 Increase17.34%
2011 1,437,825 Increase11.86% 13,686 Increase24.19% 8,667 Increase1.33%
2012 1,837,911 Increase27.83% 14,947 Increase9.27% 9,833 Increase13.45%
2013 2,182,177 Increase18.73% 16,586 Increase11.00% 10,477 Increase6.55%
2014 2,593,559 Increase18.90% 20,036 Increase20.90% 19,905 Increase89.99%
2015 2,782,866 Increase7.30% 20,365 Increase1.64% N.D. N.D.
2016 3,429,112 Increase23.2% N.D. N.D. N.D. N.D.
Source: Airports Council International. World Airport Traffic Reports
(Years 2005,[9] 2006,[10] 2007,[11] 2009,[12] 2011,[13] 2012,[14] 2013,[15] and 2014[16])

Ground transportation[edit]

Location within the limits of Kastrychnitski District (pink) of Minsk

Minsk international airport is linked to the capital by the M2 motorway. Bus, train, taxi and parking services are provided.[17]

The airport is served by bus 300Э departing from Centralny bus station. From November 2014 the airport can also be reached by train departing from Minsk Passazhirsky or Smolevichi railway stations, where one can make connections from other Belarus cities and towns.[18]

The airport is located 42 km (26 mi) east of Minsk, and is linked with the city with a toll-free (for non-BY registered cars) highway. Free short term parking is available in front of the terminal.

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • On 1 February 1985 an aircraft Tu-134AK operated by Aeroflot with registration number SSSR-65910 en route to Leningrad Pulkovo airport crashed into the forest shortly after takeoff killing 55 out of 73 passengers and 3 out of 7 crew members on board.[19]
  • On 6 September 2003 an aircraft Tu-154 operated by an Iranian airline Kish Air hit trees in heavy fog as it was on approach en route from Tehran to Copenhagen. None of the 38 passengers and 4 crew members on board were injured.[20]
  • On 26 October 2009, S-Air Flight 9607, operated by BAe 125 RA-02807 crashed on approach to Minsk National Airport. All three crew and both passengers died.[21]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Over 3.4m passengers travelled via Minsk airport in 2016". BelTA. BelTA – News from Belarus, © Belarusian Telegraph Agency. 12 January 2017. Retrieved 13 January 2017. 
  2. ^ "Airport History - Minsk National Airport". Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  3. ^ airport.by - Season Timetable retrieved 30 July 2016
  4. ^ a b Liu, Jim (7 April 2017). "Belavia plans additional routes in S17". Routesonline. Retrieved 7 April 2017. 
  5. ^ Liu, Jim (17 January 2017). "Etihad continues Minsk operations from March 2017". Routesonline. Retrieved 1 November 2017. 
  6. ^ Liu, Jim (3 November 2017). "Yamal Airlines adds Ekaterinburg – Minsk in W17". Routesonline. Retrieved 3 November 2017. 
  7. ^ Turkish Airlines Cargo Winter Schedule Archived 4 June 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "Показатели деятельности предприятия - Национальный аэропорт Минск". Retrieved 9 April 2017. 
  9. ^ Airport Council International's 2005 World Airport Traffic Report
  10. ^ Airport Council International's 2006 World Airport Traffic Report
  11. ^ Airport Council International's 2007 World Airport Traffic Report
  12. ^ Airport Council International Archived 11 August 2016 at the Wayback Machine.'s 2009 World Airport Traffic Report
  13. ^ Airport Council International's 2011 World Airport Traffic Report
  14. ^ Airport Council International's 2012 World Airport Traffic Report
  15. ^ Airport Council International's 2013 World Airport Traffic Report
  16. ^ Airport Council International's 2014 World Airport Traffic Report
  17. ^ "Transport - Minsk National Airport". Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  18. ^ "Расписание движения поездов". Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  19. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident Tupolev 134AK CCCP-65910 Nezhivka". 
  20. ^ "Kish Air aircraft strikes trees during landing". 
  21. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 27 October 2009. 

External links[edit]

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