Rostov-on-Don Airport

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International Airport

Международный аэропорт Ростов-на-Дону
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Airport type Public
Operator JSC "Airport Rostov-on-Don"
Serves Rostov-on-Don
Location Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 79 m / 259 ft
Coordinates 47°15′30″N 039°49′6″E / 47.25833°N 39.81833°E / 47.25833; 39.81833Coordinates: 47°15′30″N 039°49′6″E / 47.25833°N 39.81833°E / 47.25833; 39.81833
ROV is located in Rostov Oblast
Location of airport in Rostov Oblast
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04/22 2,500 8,202 Concrete
Statistics (2015)
Passengers 2,062,761 Decrease
Aircraft Movements 21,261 Increase

Rostov-on-Don Airport (Russian: Аэропорт Ростов-на-Дону) Aeroport Rostov-na-Donu (IATA: ROVICAO: URRR) is an international airport located 8 km (5 mi) east of the city of Rostov-on-Don, in southern Russia. It is one of the largest airports in the south-west of Russia and the 12th busiest in the country.[1]

It was founded in 1925 and was designated an international airport in 1986. The airport serves 50 destinations in Russia and abroad and hosts 30 airlines.[1] It is a hub for Donavia.[1] In 2015, Rostov Airport handled 2.06 million passengers, including 565 thousand on international routes.[1]


In 1925, an airfield was constructed near Rostov-on-Don.[2] A plot of 120 acres of land was allocated for it in the fields of one of Rostov-on-Don's suburbs.[2] A house for the airport's head and the staff, as well as fuel storage facilities, were constructed there.[2] A paved road connected the airport with the city.[2] On 15 June 1925 the first route (Rostov-Kharkov-Oryol-Moscow) was launched.[2] During the first three months, only 80 passengers were serviced, but in those days it was considered a success.[2] In 1926 Rostov became a stopover for a high-demand route from Moscow to Tiflis.[2] In the 1930s the first terminal building was constructed.[2] During World War II the airport was destroyed.[2]

In the post-war years, Rostov airport had to be restored from the ruins. By 1949 a runway of 2,000m, the terminal building, apron and taxiways were constructed and the airport was re-launched. The current airport terminal was constructed in 1977.[2] The same year, the airport's runway was strengthened and lengthened by 500m.[3] In 1986, Rostov was designated an international airport, and scheduled international flights were launched in 1991.[2] In 1992 the airport joined Airports Council International, the worldwide professional association of airport operators.[3]

In 2000s the airport was reconstructed, its runway was strengthened and lengthened from 2,500m to 2,700m and a new departure hall with 300 seats was constructed. In 2006–2007, modernization and expansion (for 200 more seats) of the international sector of the airport was carried out, including the installation of new passenger elevators and escalators as well as new luggage conveyor and equipment for customs control. In 2007, a renewed VIP hall was opened. In 2009, a new flight information system with 49 monitors was installed.[3] The airport's security was upgraded, including the installation of a new CCTV system and screening equipment at the terminal's entrances. In 2012 the airport's catering service was upgraded to provide up to 3000 flight meals a day.[3]

In 2007 passenger traffic exceeded 1 million people, and by 2013 this number had doubled. In 2014, Rostov Airport was taken over by Airports of Regions, the largest airport operator in Russia.[1]

A new airport is due to be constructed in Rostov-on-Don by the end of 2017, for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup.[citation needed]


The airport meets International Civil Aviation Organization 4D standards. It has one concrete runway, 04/22, PCN 59/R/C/W/T, 2,500 m (8,200 ft) long and 45 m (148 ft) wide.[4] The minimum visibility for take-off is 200 m.[4]

The airport is certified to handle aircraft up to the size of the Airbus A321 and Boeing 767, as well as any types of helicopters.[4] It has an apron with 53 parking positions and total area of 449,780 sq.m.

A terminal building, constructed in 1977, provides an operational area of 15,537 sq.m.[3] It can serve 600 passengers per hour on domestic routes, and 450 passengers per hour on international routes.[3]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines Seasonal charter: Thessaloniki
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo
operated by Rossiya Airlines
Moscow-Vnukovo, Simferopol, St Petersburg, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Alrosa Mirny Air Enterprise Seasonal: Mirny, Novosibirsk
Azur Air Seasonal charter: Antalya, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Goa-Dabolim, Pattaya-U-Tapao, Phuket
Czech Airlines Prague
Ellinair Seasonal: Kerkira, Thessaloniki
flydubai Dubai–International
NordStar Norilsk, Yekaterinburg
Nordwind Airlines Moscow-Sheremetyevo
Seasonal charter: Enfidha
Pobeda Baku,[5] Moscow–Vnukovo, St Petersburg, Tbilisi[5]
Royal Flight Seasonal charter: Antalya, Dubai–International, Goa-Dabolim, Rhodes
S7 Airlines Moscow–Domodedovo
Taron Avia Gyumri[6]
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk
UTair Aviation Makhachkala, Moscow–Vnukovo, Sochi
Seasonal: Surgut
Ural Airlines Khujand, Moscow–Domodedovo, St Peterburg, Yerevan
Seasonal: Rimini,[7] Simferopol
Seasonal charter: Antalya, Bodrum
Uzbekistan Airways Tashkent
VIM Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya

Incidents and accidents[edit]

Wreckage of Flydubai Flight 981

On 19 March 2016, at 3:42 AM local time, Flydubai Flight 981, a Boeing 737-800 on a passenger flight from Dubai, while executing a go-around, crashed at a high angle and speed by the end of Runway 22. All 62 people aboard died in the crash. The crash damaged 350 sq.meters of the airport's only runway and destroyed ten runway lights.[8] The airport was closed down for several days for the air crash investigation's field survey and the runway repairment. The circumstances and reasons of the crash are still to be determined by the Russian Interstate Aviation Committee, with the participation of the airline's specialists and foreign experts, who continue the investigative actions in the airport.[9][10]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Аэропорт сегодня" [Airport today] (in Russian). Official website of Rostov-on-Don Airport. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "История аэропорта Ростов-на-Дону" [History of Rostov-on-Don Airport] (in Russian). Official website of Rostov-on-Don Airport. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "20 лет ОАО "Аэропорт Ростов-на-Дону"" [20 years of JSC "Rostov-on-Don Airport"] (pdf) (in Russian). Rostov-on-Don Airport. 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c "Характеристики аэродрома" [Airport Characteristics] (in Russian). Official website of Rostov-on-Don Airport. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Liu, Jim (3 October 2016). "Pobeda schedules new Caucasus routes from late-Oct 2016". Routesonline. Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
  6. ^ "Taron Avia begins direct flights from Russian Samara to Armenian Gyumri". ARKA. 6 April 2017. Retrieved 12 April 2017. 
  7. ^ Liu, Jim (14 December 2016). "Ural Airlines adds Rostov – Rimini summer service in S17". Routesonline. Retrieved 16 April 2017. 
  8. ^ "В аэропорту Ростов-на-Дону начато восстановление взлетно-посадочной полосы" [The restoration of the runway started at the Rostov-on-Don airport] (in Russian). Official website of Rostov-on-Don Airport. 20 March 2016. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  9. ^ "Boeing 737-800 А6-FDN 19.03.2016". Interstate Aviation Committee. 19 March 2016. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 
  10. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 737-8KN A6-FDN Rostov Airport (ROV)". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 

External links[edit]

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