Shymkent International Airport

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Shymkent International Airport

Halyqaralyq Shymkent Áýejaıy
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Airport typePublic
OperatorJSC "Shymkent International Airport"
Location12.6 km (7.8 mi) NW of Shymkent Railway Station, Kazakhstan
Hub for
Elevation AMSL422 m / 1,385 ft
Coordinates42°21′54″N 069°28′34″E / 42.36500°N 69.47611°E / 42.36500; 69.47611Coordinates: 42°21′54″N 069°28′34″E / 42.36500°N 69.47611°E / 42.36500; 69.47611
CIT/UAII is located in Kazakhstan
Location in Kazakhstan
CIT/UAII is located in West and Central Asia
CIT/UAII (West and Central Asia)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 3,300 10,827 Reinforced Concrete
10/28 2,300 7,546 Dirt
06/24 410 1,345 Dirt
Source: AIP Kazakhstan[1]

Shymkent International Airport (Kazakh: Halyqaralyq Shymkent Áýejaıy, Халықаралық Шымкент Әуежайы); (IATA: CIT, ICAO: UAII) is an airport serving Shymkent, Kazakhstan.

In 2004, the airport handled 97,000 passengers.


The basis for the airport was an agricultural airbase built in 1932. From 1933 it started handling passengers and cargo traffic. In 1963, the airport was relocated to its current location; construction of both the runway and the passenger terminal were finished in 1967.

After a protocol signed in November 2012 by the governments of Kazakhstan and France, French forces withdrawing from Afghanistan received authorisation to use Shymkent Airport. Military hardware arriving on French aircraft will then be transported by rail to Europe. France has to fund the creation of the infrastructure necessary for the temporary bond storage and the area needed for higher customs control to ensure the trans-shipment operations in Shymkent Airport. It will also finance the acquisition or the rent of loading vehicles to accelerate wagon loading, construction of 400 m (1,300 ft)[clarification needed] of hard surface road, protection of freight in temporary storage and en route on Kazakhstan's railroad.[2]

In 2014, passenger traffic in this airport reached 440,000 passengers; in 2017, it reached 520,000.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo
Air Astana Almaty, Nur-Sultan
AtlasGlobal Istanbul (suspended)[3]
Bek Air Aktau, Almaty, Nur-Sultan (all flights suspended)[4]
FlyArystan Almaty, Nur-Sultan
Qazaq Air Aktobe, Almaty, Nur-Sultan, Pavlodar
S7 Airlines Novosibirsk
SCAT Airlines Aktau, Almaty, Istanbul, Moscow–Vnukovo, Nur-Sultan, Petropavl, Phuket
Ural Airlines Saint Petersburg


Atlas AirReykjavík-Keflavik

See also[edit]


  1. ^ AIP Kazakhstan Archived 16 June 2013 at
  2. ^ "French Forces Withdrawing from Afghanistan Authorized to Land in Kazakhstan". The Gazette of Central Asia. Satrapia. 30 December 2012.
  3. ^ Bailey, Joanna (26 November 2019). "Financial Difficulties Behind AtlasGlobal Flight Suspension". Simple Flying. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  4. ^ Kaminski-Morrow, David. "Bek Air grounded after fatal Fokker 100 accident at Almaty". FlightGlobal. Retrieved 30 December 2019.

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