Simferopol International Airport

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Simferopol International Airport

Міжнародний аеропорт "Сімферополь"

Международный аэропорт "Симферополь"

Aqmescit Halqara Ava Limanı
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Аэропорт Симферополь.jpg
Airport typePublic
ServesSimferopol, Crimea
Elevation AMSL597 ft / 182 m
Coordinates45°03′07″N 33°58′25″E / 45.05194°N 33.97361°E / 45.05194; 33.97361
UKFF is located in Crimea
Location of the airport in Crimea
UKFF is located in Europe
Location of the airport in Europe
Direction Length Surface
m ft
01/19 3,701 12,142 Concrete
Statistics (2021)
AIP of the Russian FederationURFF

Simferopol International Airport (Ukrainian: Міжнародний аеропорт "Сімферополь", Mizhnarodnyy aeroport "Simferopol’"; Russian: Международный аэропорт "Симферополь", Mezhdunarodnyy aeroport "Simferopol’"; Crimean Tatar: Aqmescit Halqara Ava Limanı, Акъмесджит Халкъара Ава Лиманы) (IATA: SIP, ICAO: UKFF) (Russian AIP: URFF, УРФФ [1]) is an airport in Simferopol, de facto the capital of the Republic of Crimea. Built in 1936, the airport today has one international terminal and one domestic terminal.

On 14 May 2015, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine voted to rename it Amet-khan Sultan International Airport in memory of Amet-khan Sultan,[2] despite that Russia occupied Crimea and controlled the airport since 2014. Another airport named after Amet-khan Sultan is Uytash Airport located in Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia. However, in 2018, Russian citizens voted for the airport to be named after the painter Ivan Aivazovsky after Amet-khan's name was not allowed in the list of final three options to vote for despite being the most popular in the preliminary round of voting.[3][4][5]

Since the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation in 2014, the airport is only used for flights to and from Russian airports due to limited international recognition of the annexation.


Simferopol Airport from above (2012)
Simferopol International Airport inactive terminal B inside after reconstruction
Check-in desks and wall with natural plants
Check-in zone

On 21 January 1936, the Council of People's Commissars of the Crimean Autonomous Republic decided to allocate land and begin construction of the Simferopol Airport. Simferopol to Moscow flights began in May 1936. Before the Second World War, regular air travel was established between Simferopol and Kyiv, Kharkiv, and other airports. In 1957, a terminal was commissioned. Lighting equipment was installed on a dirt runway and IL-12, IL-14, and Mi-4 aircraft began landing at the airport. In 1960, a concrete runway with an apron and parking areas was constructed. The airport began to operate around the clock and in adverse weather conditions, using new aircraft such as Antonov An-10 and IL-18. In the 1950s and 1960s, the AN-2 carried cargo and passenger flights to regional centers of the Crimea, and the Mi-4 flew to Yalta. In the summer of 1960, a squadron of Tu-104 was organized for the first time in Ukrainian SSR. Starting in 1964, the An-24 was based at the airport.

Construction of the second runway, designed for IL-86, IL-76, IL-62, and Tu-154 aircraft, began in 1977. On 19 May 1982, Simferopol airport was the first in Ukrainian SSR to have a wide-IL-86. In subsequent years, this type of aircraft made an average of 5.6 daily flights to Moscow. In the summer of 1989, the airport was designated as a "western alternate airport" for landing the Buran spacecraft. In the early 2000s, the old runway 01R/19L (length 2700 m, PCN 22/R/B/X/T, accommodating a maximum weight of aircraft of 98 tonnes) was taken out of service because of its insufficient length and strength. Since then, it has been used as taxiway D with a length of 2100 m (the remaining 600 meters are unsuitable for taxiing). The second runway (01/19) is now in operation and is longer, wider and accommodates heavier aircraft.

Armed men without insignia at the airport on 28 February 2014

Following the 2014 Crimean crisis pro-Russian militia forces took control of the airport on 28 February 2014. Crimean airspace was closed and air traffic was disrupted for two days.[6][7] On 11 March, Russian forces[citation needed] took over the control tower and closed Crimean airspace until the end of week. Ukraine International Flight PS65 was denied landing and diverted to Kyiv.[8][9] With the Russian Takeover of the Airport, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) expressed concerns about the safety of international flights in the region and recommended airlines to avoid Crimean airspace. By the same token on 3 March 2014, the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation (Eurocontrol), who also did not recognize the unilateral takeover of Ukrainian airspace by another country, had confirmed that the majority of transitional air routes have been closed, in accordance with the Chicago Convention. Ukrainian airlines also suspended routes to Simferopol.[10]

Under the Russian control (Russia not being a member of Eurocontrol), the airport operates flights only to destinations in Russia. In June 2014, Prime Minister of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev, signed a Government resolution No.960[11] to open the airport for international flights, however, as of March 2016 no international flights were operated.[citation needed] On 29 July 2014, Rosaviation granted Chechen airline Grozny Avia permission to operate nonstop flights from Simferopol to the Armenian capital of Yerevan and Turkish cities of Istanbul and Antalya. However, these flights were technically domestic since they operated with a stopover in Anapa. Both of the routes were suspended the same year.[12]

In May 2015, the Ukrainian Parliament voted in favor of renaming the Simferopol airport in honor of the Crimean-Tatar war hero Amet-khan Sultan. The airport's management team has responded that the authority to decree such changes is vested in the Russian government, and that they do not feel the need to respond to the Ukrainian parliament's ruling.[13] Russian State Duma deputy, Vasiliy Likhachyov, has also released a statement dismissing this ruling as having no official authority.[14]

In May 2016, construction began of a new terminal building, with a larger hall on a wave-like structure and 8 gates for flights. The new terminal was opened on 16 April 2018, with the first arrival at 8:30 AM of Nordwind Airlines from Moscow-Sheremetyevo, followed by other flights. The terminal was previously checked by 400 volunteers on 12 April 2018. The current terminal will be for VIP, business passengers and some space is going to be converted to the trolleybus and bus terminal.[15][16]

This new terminal is 1 km west from the old terminal, between the main runway and the old one, making the eastern part of the airport useless. Eventually, the old runway (01R/19L) will be rebuilt and, with the runways being spaced >1 km apart, would be capable of parallel runway operations, like at Domodedovo, Berlin or Munich. The new terminal has 8 gates to air-bridges and 8 gates to apron buses, 16 escalators and 28 lifts, 55 check-in counters and the airport terminal is able to handle 6 million passenger annually.[17][18]

In 2021, the airport became the sixth busiest one in territory occupied by Russia with 6.83 million passengers transiting through the airport, only behind the 3 Moscow airports (Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo), St Petersburg's Pulkovo and Sochi/Adler airport.[19]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

From March 2014 onwards, all flights to/from Simferopol Airport with the exception of flights originating from Russia were cancelled due to Crimea's annexation by the Russian Federation. A flight to Istanbul, Turkey, was operated on 19 July 2014, and a flight to Yerevan, Armenia, was operated on 16 November 2014[20] by Grozny Avia, a Chechen airline. Technically both of these flights were not international because they had a stopover in Anapa Airport.[21][22]

Dobrolyot, a Russian government-owned low-cost airline, was sanctioned by the European Union for operating flights to Simferopol. The airline was forced to close less than two months after it started operations.

As of 24 February 2022, all flights are suspended due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Aeroflot Krasnoyarsk–Yemelyanovo,[23] Moscow–Sheremetyevo
Seasonal: Krasnodar[24]
Alrosa Seasonal: Novosibirsk, Ufa
Azimuth Elista,[25] Krasnodar, Mineralnye Vody, Rostov-on-Don[26]
Ikar Seasonal: Belgorod,[27] Cheboksary,[27] Kirov,[27] Krasnoyarsk–Yemelyanovo, Magnitogorsk,[27] Novosibirsk,[28] Ulyanovsk–Baratayevka,[27] Volgograd[27]
IrAero Saratov[29]
Izhavia[30] Seasonal: Cheboksary, Kirov, Nizhnekamsk, Penza
Kosmos Airlines Seasonal: Novokuznetsk, Tomsk
Kostroma Avia Seasonal: Kostroma, Voronezh
Nordwind Airlines Seasonal: Magnitogorsk,[31] Ufa
Red Wings Airlines Moscow–Domodedovo, Saint Petersburg
Seasonal: Omsk, Tomsk, Tyumen,[32] Ufa
RusLine Voronezh
Seasonal: Kursk, Penza,[33] Ulyanovsk–Baratayevka, Volgograd
S7 Airlines[34] Irkutsk,[35] Moscow–Domodedovo, Novosibirsk
Seasonal: Ivanovo,[34] Kurgan,[34] Lipetsk[34]
Severstal Air Company Seasonal: Cherepovets, Petrozavodsk[36]
Smartavia Seasonal: Arkhangelsk, Cheboksary, Moscow–Domodedovo, Syktyvkar, Ufa, Volgograd, Voronezh[37]
Ural Airlines Belgorod, Kazan, Kemerovo,[38] Kirov, Krasnodar, Krasnoyarsk–Yemelyanovo, Magnitogorsk,[38] Moscow–Domodedovo, Moscow–Sheremetyevo,[39] Murmansk, Nizhnevartovsk,[38] Nizhny Novgorod, Omsk,[38] Saint Petersburg, Samara, Yekaterinburg
Seasonal: Chelyabinsk, Moscow–Zhukovsky,[40] Rostov-on-Don[41]
UVT Aero Bugulma
Seasonal: Ufa
Yakutia Airlines Seasonal: Irkutsk, Krasnodar, Mineralnye Vody, Moscow–Vnukovo, Yakutsk
Yamal Airlines Tyumen
Seasonal: Kursk,[42] Moscow–Domodedovo, Nizhnevartovsk, Omsk, Surgut


Annual traffic[edit]

Annual passenger traffic at SIP airport. See Wikidata query.
Annual Passenger Traffic
Year Passengers % Change
2009 751,000 Decrease 12.2%
2010 845,000 Increase 12%
2011 964,000 Increase 14.9%
2012 1,114,000 Increase 15.6%
2013 1,204,000 Increase 8.9%
2014 2,800,000 Increase 133%
2015 5,017,758 Increase 79%
2016 5,201,690 Increase 3.7%
2017 5,128,738 Decrease 1.4%
2018 5,146,095 Increase 0.3%
2019 5,140,000 Decrease 0.1%
2020 4,630,000 Decrease 9.9%
2021 6,830,000 Increase 47.5%

Ground transportation[edit]

Bus station terminal in Simferopol Airport, 2017

Trolleybus Route 9 runs from the airport to the Simferopol Railway station (and Kurortnaya bus station).

In 2015, a new direct express route has been launched. 24-hour Transexpress buses and trolleybuses connect the airport with the Simferopol Railway station in the city centre.[43] The route was launched in May 2015 by Crimean Trolleybus, and runs every 10 minutes without stops in both directions.[44]

Intercity trolleybus routes 54 and 55 run to the cities of Alushta, Yalta and resorts between them on the Southern Coast of Crimea. Route #55 Simferopol - Yalta, reestablished in April 2014, is known to be the world's longest trolleybus route.[45]

The airport is connected with Sevastopol Bus Station by direct bus route.

See also[edit]


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  39. ^ "Авиакомпания "Уральские авиалинии" придет в Шереметьево". 19 October 2017.
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External links[edit]

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