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Alykel Airport (Russian: Аэропорт Алыкель) (IATA: NSK, ICAO: UOOO) is a large airport in Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia, located 35 kilometres (22 mi) west of Norilsk. Alykel is the only functional airfield near Norilsk. It handles medium-sized airliners and is serviced by 24-hour operations. Since it is capable of handling wide-body jets, it is a diversion airport on Polar route 1.[1][2] Since Norilsk doesn't have road or railroad connections to the rest of the country, the airport is the main gateway to the city.

Alykel Airport

Аэропорт Алыкель
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Airport typePublic
LocationNorilsk, Russia
Hub for
Elevation AMSL574 ft / 175 m
Coordinates69°18′36″N 087°20′0″E / 69.31000°N 87.33333°E / 69.31000; 87.33333Coordinates: 69°18′36″N 087°20′0″E / 69.31000°N 87.33333°E / 69.31000; 87.33333
NSK is located in Krasnoyarsk Krai
Location of airport in Krasnoyarsk Krai
Direction Length Surface
ft m
01/19 11,254 3,430 Concrete

It was constructed in 1964, when US reconnaissance satellites reported a new airfield with a 6,000 by 150 foot (1,829 m × 46 m) runway 16 nautical miles (30 km) west of Norilsk.[3] This allowed the use of Norilsk as a staging base for Soviet bombers to reach the United States. This role continues to this day with caretaker status provided by the Russian Air Force's OGA (Arctic Control Group). Norilsk also is served by interceptor aircraft under the 57 IAP (57th Interceptor Aircraft Regiment), which in 1991 had 24 Sukhoi Su-15TM aircraft.[4]


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Accidents and incidentsEdit

  • On 16 November 1981, Aeroflot Flight 3603, a Tupolev Tu-154, crashed while attempting to land at Norilsk Airport. 99 of the 167 passengers and crew on board were killed in the accident.[6]


  1. ^ Boeing-conducted Airport safety and operational assessments
  2. ^ New Cross-Polar Routes
  3. ^ OAK-PART 1 MISSION 1009-1 6-9 AUGUST 1964 (TOP SECRET), CIA-RDP78B04560A002500010014-6, Central Intelligence Agency, August 1, 1964.
  4. ^ "Aviatsiya PVO". Aviabaza KPOI.
  5. ^ a b "Новый авиарейс свяжет Ростов-на-Дону с Екатеринбургом и Норильском". Rostov-on-Don Airport. 20 January 2016. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  6. ^ Gero, David (1996). Aviation Disasters Second Edition. Patrick Stephens Limited. p. 167.

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