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Aktau Airport (Kazakh: Ақтау халықаралық әуежайы, Aqtaý halyqaralyq áýejaıy; Russian: Международный аэропорт Актау) is an airport in Aktau, Kazakhstan (IATA: SCO, ICAO: UATE). The airport started operations in 1993 after the collapse of the Soviet Union and bears the name Shevchenko-Central.

Aktau International Airport

Ақтау халықаралық әуежайы
Aqtaý halyqaralyq áýejaıy

Международный аэропорт Актау
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Airport typePublic
OperatorJSC "Aktau International Airport"
Location21 km NW of Aktau, Kazakhstan
Hub forSCAT Airlines
Elevation AMSL22 m / 72 ft
Coordinates43°51′36″N 051°05′31″E / 43.86000°N 51.09194°E / 43.86000; 51.09194Coordinates: 43°51′36″N 051°05′31″E / 43.86000°N 51.09194°E / 43.86000; 51.09194
UATE is located in Kazakhstan
Location in Kazakhstan
Direction Length Surface
m ft
12/30 3,052 10,013 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Source: AIP Kazakhstan[1]


Future plans and expansionEdit

In November 1996 the joint stock company "Aktau International Airport" was established. The development of the oil industry in the Caspian region required an increase in freight volumes and a rapid delivery of necessary equipment for the oil industry. This, in turn, led to the need for reconstruction of the airfield and an increase in passenger capacity at the terminal.

In 2007 the airport was given a concession period of 30 years to the ATM Group. The contract includes construction of a new passenger terminal. The new terminal was completed in 2009. The capacity was 450 passengers per hour and the total area of 13,400 m2 (144,000 sq ft), including the area occupied by the VIP and CIP halls. The terminal is equipped with electronic and electromechanical systems. These include passenger telescopic ladders, racks of electronic registration, HVAC (heating and cooling system), FIDS (Alert System departures on the electronic scoreboard), X-ray scanners, CCTV, lifts and escalators.

Aerodrome Aktau class B can receive aircraft AN-124, Boeing-747-200, IL-76 and lighter, as well as helicopters of all types.

Airlines and destinationsEdit

Few international carriers fly to Aktau. SCAT airline is based in Aktau. Air Astana operates daily flights to Almaty and Nur-Sultan. AZAL (Azerbaijan Airlines) operates daily Trans-Caspian flights to Baku. There are also twice-weekly flights operated by SCAT to Moscow Domodedovo, and by AtlasGlobal to Istanbul Ataturk. SCAT flies to Russian towns and Tbilisi (these are operated thrice weekly).


Air AstanaAlmaty, Atyrau, Nur-Sultan
Azerbaijan Airlines Seasonal: Baku
Bek AirAlmaty,[3] Oral,[3] Gorgan, Kyzylorda, Shymkent
Qazaq AirAtyrau
SCAT AirlinesAktobe, Almaty, Astrakhan, Atyrau, Baku, Batumi, Istanbul, Krasnodar, Kutaisi,[4] Kyzylorda, Makhachkala, Mineralnye Vody, Moscow-Vnukovo,[5] Nur-Sultan, Oral, Sharjah,[5] Shymkent, Tbilisi, Voronezh,[6] Yerevan
Seasonal: Sochi[7]


Coyne AirwaysTbilisi
Silk Way AirlinesAtyrau, Baku

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ AIP Kazakhstan
  2. ^ L, J (26 October 2015). "AEROFLOT Assumes Transaero Kazakhstan Operation from late-Oct 2015". Airline Route. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Bek Air. Новое направление полетов Алматы-Актау-Алматы". International Travel plus. 26 March 2014. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
  4. ^ Liu, Jim (23 March 2017). "SCAT adds new routes in S17". Routesonline. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  5. ^ a b Liu, Jim (3 October 2017). "SCAT expands Aktau routes in W17". Routesonline. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  6. ^ Ганина, Александра (6 March 2018). "Авиакомпания Scat airlines откроет рейсы из Воронежа в Казахстан". РИА Воронеж (in Russian). РИА «Воронеж». Новости Воронежа и региона. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  7. ^ Liu, Jim (28 February 2018). "SCAT adds seasonal Astana – Sochi from June 2018". Routesonline. Retrieved 28 February 2018.