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Chelyabinsk Airport

Chelyabinsk Airport (IATA: CEK, ICAO: USCC) is an airport in Russia located 18 km north of Chelyabinsk. It services large airliners and can park up to 51 aircraft. It also serves as a secondary hub for Ural Airlines and Yamal Airlines.

Chelyabinsk Airport

Аэропорт Челябинск
Balandino Airport logo.png
Balandino Airport panoramic view
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Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorNovaport
ServesChelyabinsk
LocationChelyabinsk, Russia
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL771 ft / 235 m
Coordinates55°18′18″N 061°30′18″E / 55.30500°N 61.50500°E / 55.30500; 61.50500Coordinates: 55°18′18″N 061°30′18″E / 55.30500°N 61.50500°E / 55.30500; 61.50500
Websitecekport.ru
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
09/27 10,499 3,200 Concrete

HistoryEdit

 
Terminal buildings of Chelyabinsk Airport

Passenger flights to Chelyabinsk were served by Chelyabinsk Shagol Airport from 1938 and until it was repurposed for military only use.

The current Chelyabinsk airport, initially called Balandino Airport, was opened in late 1953 with a passenger terminal and a dirt runway. The runway was paved in December 1962. A year later, the first jet plane (a Tu-104) arrived to the airport.

A new terminal was built in 1974 which remains in service to this day as one of the terminal buildings. In 1994, the government-owned airport was privatized and started its first international flights.

Passenger traffic reached 1.1 million and declined heavily during the 1990s. In 2013, the airport handled 1.2 million passengers, breaking the Soviet-time record.

The new, longer runway was built in 1999 while the old runway was repurposed as a taxiway. The airport is accepting heavy aircraft including Boeing 747 and An-225.

New terminal construction and airport expansionEdit

The construction of the new passenger terminal is planned at Chelyabinsk Airport, this is done for BRICS summit in 2020. The project includes the construction of the new terminal, where it will commence in summer 2018 and finish by December 2019.[1] The complex will be able to handle 2,5 million passengers per annum.[2] The next plans for the airport is to take the third category of ICAO. This category in Russia is owned only by Moscow's Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo Airports and Pulkovo Airport in Saint Petersburg.[3][4][5]

Airlines and destinationsEdit

Passenger statisticsEdit

Chelyabinsk Airport Statistics
Year Total
passengers
Change Domestic International Aircraft
departures
2000 274 236 +0,1%   208 912 65 324 2 656
2001 297 198 +8,4%   325 077 62 121 3 205
2002 302 626 +1,8%   234 495 67 701 3 152
2003 359 822 +18,9%   282 186 77 636 3 439
2004 404 151 +12,3%   307 231 96 920 3 550
2005 386 115 −4,5%   333 206 52 909 3 096
2006 432 034 +11,9%   357 733 74 301 3 167
2007 675 141 +56,3%   534 796 140 345 5 050
2008 685 408 +1,5%   561 649 123 760 4 832
2009 581 555 −15,2%   477 507 104 048 3 499
2010 664 184 +14,2%   510 314 153 870 4 416
2011 833 780 +25,5%   594 087 239 693 5 150
2012 1 000 753 +20,0%   679 920 320 833 ≈5 800
2013 1 210 388 +20,1%   799 288 339 609 ≈6 380
2014 1 404 238 +16,0%   964 887 364 075 ≈7023
2015 1 239 212 -11,8%   990 868 248 344 no data

Accidents and incidentsEdit

  • On January 26, 2008, an S7 Airlines Airbus A319 landed on the taxiway by mistake. There were no injuries or damage.
  • On May 26, 2008 an Antonov An-12 operated by Moskovia Airlines crashed shortly after takeoff when trying an emergency landing. All nine crew members on board died.
  • On 17 July 2015, a An-12BK of the Russian Air Force registered RF-94291 diverted to Chelyabinsk Airport after flying into severe thunderstorm and hail. Three out of four engines failed. The aircraft landed on the grass outside the runway and sustained substantial damage. There were no injuries.[18]

Miscellaneous factsEdit

  • An NDB beacon transmits on 412 kHz.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Телетрапы, VIP-зона и 2,5 млн пассажиров". znak.com. 13 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Фасад нового терминала челябинского аэропорта решен в красных тонах". kp.ru. 13 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Аэропорт Челябинск может получить III категорию ИКАО". iz.ru. 24 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Аэропорт "Челябинск" станет престижнее аэропорта Кольцово?". lentachel.ru. 24 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Аэропорт Челябинска после реконструкции обгонит по категории почти все аэровокзалы России". 24 April 2018.
  6. ^ a b Liu, Jim (23 April 2019). "AZIMUTH schedules domestic new routes in S19". Routesonline. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  7. ^ Liu, Jim (22 August 2019). "AZIMUTH schedules new routes from late-Sep 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
  8. ^ http://b2b.tui.ru/default.php?page=freight_monitor&
  9. ^ "ИрАеро: Авиакомпания "ИрАэро" запускает новые направления из Баку". iraero.ru (in Russian). «IrAero» Airlines. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  10. ^ Liu, Jim (22 August 2019). "Pobeda expands St. Petersburg network in Sep/Oct 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
  11. ^ Liu, Jim (16 May 2019). "Pobeda schedules new routes from Adler/Sochi and Anapa in S19". Routesonline. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  12. ^ "Russia, Chelyabinsk, Balandino (CEK)SwapRussia, Novosibirsk, Tolmachevo (OVB)". S7.ru. S7 Airlines. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  13. ^ Liu, Jim (3 April 2018). "SCAT opens additional Astana – Russia routes in S18". Routesonline. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  14. ^ "Ural Airlines adds Chelyabinsk – Dubai from Oct 2017". routesonline. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  15. ^ "Ural Airlines adds seasonal Chelyabinsk – Harbin route form July 2018". routesonline. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  16. ^ a b c "Из Международного аэропорта Красноярск доступны субсидированные авиаперелеты". www.kja.aero (in Russian). Международный аэропорт Красноярск. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  17. ^ Yamal Airlines begins operations from Chelyabinsk from 2018
  18. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Antonov 12BK RF-94291 Chelyabinsk Airport (CEK)". aviation-safety.net. Retrieved 1 September 2017.

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