Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Airport

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Yelizovo Airport
Аэропорт Елизово
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Airport type Public
Operator Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Air Enterprise
Serves Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
Location Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 131 ft / 40 m
Coordinates 53°10′3.72″N 158°27′12.96″E / 53.1677000°N 158.4536000°E / 53.1677000; 158.4536000
PKC is located in Kamchatka Krai
Location of airport in Kamchatka Krai
Direction Length Surface
ft m
16R/34L 11,155 3,400 Concrete
16L/34R 11,148 3,398 Concrete
Source: Airport Charts[1]

Yelizovo Airport (Russian: Аэропорт Елизово) (IATA: PKCICAO: UHPP) is an airport located in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Kamchatka Krai. Its 3,400 m (11,200 ft) runway is long enough to accommodate a fully loaded Ilyushin Il-96 or Boeing 707 aircraft. The main apron contains 34 parking spaces, 18 of which can service large wide-body airliners, such as Ilyushin IL-96; additional 8 paved spaces for smaller aircraft and 12 unpaved parking spaces.

Military operating unit[edit]

Aeroflot Ilyushin Il-62 stored at Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Airport.

The main military operating unit is the 865th Fighter Aviation Regiment (865 IAP), which operates Mikoyan MiG-31 interceptor aircraft. Naval operations have also taken place here, most notably with the 317th Separate Composite Aviation Regiment (317 OSAP) operating Tupolev Tu-16R aircraft as late as 1992, and Beriev Be-12 and Tupolev Tu-95MS aircraft with unidentified units.[2] Recent Google Earth high-resolution imagery revealed that the base continues to serve as an important military focal point, with 33 MiG-31 aircraft dispersed throughout the airfield and a large number of turboprop transports and helicopters.[citation needed]

The 865th Fighter Aviation Regiment was activated as an Assault Aviation regiment in 1939.[3] After two redesignations, it was renamed the 410th Assault Aviation Regiment in October 1944. It has been based at the base since 1945. In April 1949 it was renamed again as the 865th Fighter Aviation Regiment, and was later transferred to the Soviet Air Defence Forces, and renamed the 865th Fighter Aviation Regiment PVO. From April 1986 it was assigned to the 6th Air Defence Division, 11th Air Defence Army, PVO, until its reassignment to the Pacific Fleet. On 1 July 1998 it was transferred to the Pacific Fleet. It was equipped with Sukhoi Su-15s from 1974 to 1985 and was reequipped with MiG-31s from 1985.

Airliner World ran a feature in their August 2008 issue on 'Aviation in Kamchatka,' leading with descriptions of Yelizovo.[4] It confirmed the basing of 865 IAP and 317 OSAP, and commented 'the numbers of local military aircraft in open storage do catch the eye'...'difficult to assess whether the aircraft are active or not.' One photo showed a total of eleven MiG-31s parked closely together in two groups directly in front of two hardened aircraft shelters built into the hillside.

Runway reconstruction[edit]

On 1 April 2012, reconstruction began on runway 16R/34L in order to widen it to 45 m (148 ft) and extend it by 900 m (3,000 ft) to 3,400 m (11,200 ft) in order to better accommodate larger planes. Terminal and apron improvements are also included in the project.[5][1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Aeroflot Moscow-Sheremetyevo
operated by Aurora
Khabarovsk, Vladivostok, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk[6]
operated by Rossiya Airlines
Pegas Fly Seasonal charter: Nha Trang (Cam Ranh)
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Air Enterprise Nikolskoye, Ossora, Ozernaya, Palana, Sobolevo, Tigil, Tilichiki, Ust-Hairyuzovo, Ust-Kamchatsk
S7 Airlines Vladivostok
S7 Airlines
operated by Globus
Yakutia Airlines Khabarovsk, Vladivostok
Seasonal: Anchorage, Tokyo-Narita (begins 14 July 2017)[7]


  1. ^ a b UHPP charts (Jeppesen)
  2. ^ "Aviatsiya VMF". Aviabaza KPOI. 16 October 2009. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Michael Holm, 865th Fighter Aviation Regiment PVO, accessed October 2011
  4. ^ 'Aviation in Kamchatka,' Airliner World, August 2008.
  5. ^ На Камчатке реконструируется главная воздушная гавань региона. Aviation Explorer (in Russian). March 6, 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  6. ^ Liu, Jim (19 December 2016). "Aurora adds Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk – Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky route from Dec 2016". Routesonline. Retrieved 19 December 2016. 
  7. ^ Liu, Jim (24 March 2017). "Yakutia adjusts planned Tokyo service in S17". Routesonline. Retrieved 24 March 2017. 

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