New Ulaanbaatar International Airport
New Ulaanbaatar International Airport
Улаанбаатар хотын олон улсын шинэ нисэх онгоцны буудал
Rendering of the proposed look
|Owner||Government of Mongolia|
|Operator||Civil Aviation Authority of Mongolia|
|Elevation AMSL||1,366 m / 4,482 ft|
The New Ulaanbaatar International Airport (Mongolian: Улаанбаатар хотын олон улсын шинэ нисэх онгоцны буудал) (IATA: UBN, ICAO: ZMCK), or the Khöshig Valley Airport (Mongolian: Хөшигийн хөндийн нисэх буудал) is a new international airport presently under construction 52 km south of Ulaanbaatar city center in Sergelen sum, Töv Province, Mongolia. It will serve Ulaanbaatar and its metropolitan area.
The New Ulaanbaatar International Airport is designed with a capacity of up to three million passengers per year, and has sufficient space for a possible future expansion, making it potentially capable of serving twelve million passengers annually. It will also be equipped with a 24-hour all-weather air traffic control system. The average annual number of passengers is estimated to be around 2.5 million. In comparison, the current airport (Chinggis Khaan International Airport, the largest airport in Mongolia) serves about 900,000 passengers per year (2011 figures). Cargo capacity is set to increase ten-fold.
Initial planning for the new airport was done in 2006 with Japanese assistance.
In May 2008, a ¥28.8 billion (US$385 million) 40-year soft loan agreement at 0.2% interest was signed between the Government of Mongolia and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation to build a new international airport. The loan requires that the project is to be carried out by Japanese Consultants and Contractors however the materials and equipment the Contractors use can be up to 70% from any country. Between 2009 and 2011, Azusa Sekkei and Oriental Consultants Joint Venture made the design and bid documentation for the airport. In 2011, a call for bids was announced for the construction of the airport, with the Mitsubishi-Chiyoda Joint Venture (MCJV) successful in the Technical Bidding. An extended Price review and Contract negotiation was completed on 10 May 2013 when the main construction contract was signed between MCJV and the Civil Aviation Authority of Mongolia.
The final amount of loans from the Japanese Government for the development of the airport totaled ¥65.6 billion (US$600 million), to be paid over 40 years.
The project was begun with a ground breaking ceremony. Taking place on 22 April 2012, the first work started was a site flood protection scheme. Other works under way were the construction of the electric power line from Nalaikh.
Construction started in May 2013, and was finished in January 2017, the flights will commence in May 2018. The New Ulaanbaatar International Airport Construction Project Steering Committee visited the project construction work site on 11 September 2013 to see the progress of construction work. The concrete pouring work for the control tower started on 13 September 2013.
On 29 January 2013, the airport's electric substation construction was completed and connected to the Mongolian central grid. The end of the main construction activities was on January 2017, with the Japanese side handing over the project to the Civil Aviation Authority of Mongolia.
Future Airlines and destinations
The airport is connected to the highway to the capital. Moreover, on June 2016, Aeroexpress, the airport rail link company, made a decision to build the first international route from Ulaanbaatar city center to the airport using railbuses, differently compared to the current other Aeroexpress rail routes. The first stage is due to finish in 2017 and full completion is planned in 2030.
The construction project name for the airport is the New Ulaanbaatar International Airport or NUBIA. Alternative names given in the media include Chinggis Khaan International Airport, Khöshig Valley International Airport, Khöshig International Airport and Ulaanbaatar Khöshig International Airport.
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