International Airport Irkutsk

Irkutsk International Airport (Russian: Международный Аэропорт Иркутск) (IATA: IKT, ICAO: UIII) is an airport on the outskirts of Irkutsk, Russia, at a distance of 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Lake Baikal.

Irkutsk International Airport

Аэропорт Иркутск
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Airport typeMilitary / Public
OwnerRussian Federation
OperatorJSC "International Airport Irkutsk"
LocationIrkutsk, Russia
Hub for
Focus city for
Time zone+8 (UTC+08:00)
Elevation AMSL1,675 ft / 511 m
Coordinates52°16′05″N 104°23′20″E / 52.26806°N 104.38889°E / 52.26806; 104.38889Coordinates: 52°16′05″N 104°23′20″E / 52.26806°N 104.38889°E / 52.26806; 104.38889
IKT is located in Irkutsk Oblast
Location of airport in Irkutsk Oblast
IKT is located in Russia
IKT (Russia)
IKT is located in Earth
IKT (Earth)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
12/30 11,702 3,564 polymer asphalt concrete
Statistics (2018)
PassengersIncrease 2,213,000
Servicing of cargo (in tons)Increase 31,933


The airport has daily domestic flights to Moscow, Vladivostok, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, Yakutsk, Saint Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Sochi, and regional daily flights to Ust-Kut, Bratsk, Bodaybo, Kirensk and other Russian cities.

Due to its proximity to the Angara Reservoir, the airport is subject to a microclimate of foggy weather. When the airport is closed due to bad weather conditions, Bratsk Airport, Ulan-Ude Airport, Irkutsk Northwest Airport, and Belaya (air base) serve as diversion airports.


  • 24 June 1925 is considered the official opening date of Irkutsk airport. 6 aircraft — participants of great flight on the route MoscowIrkutskUlan-BatorBeijing arrived at Irkutsk Airport that day. Of these 6 planes, 4 were domestic and 2 were foreign. This flight was headed by captain I. P. Shmidt. The event was the beginning of aviation service in Siberia.
  • On August 10–13, 1928 the first postal/passengers flight on the seaplane route IrkutskBodaybo with a Junkers F 13 that was named «Mossovet» took place.
  • August 1932 the greatest major air route MoscowVladivostok was opened. Irkutsk aviators started to perform flights on the route IrkutskMogocha.
  • January 1948 - daily flights on the air routes IrkutskMoscow, IrkutskBodayboYakutsk were started.
  • On December 30, 1954 Irkutsk Airport was elevated to international status by means of Government of the Soviet Union № 2412–1153.
  • On September 15, 1956 the jet aircraft Tupolev Tu-104 first arrived at Irkutsk aerodrome by tech-flight from Beijing. The Tupolev Tu-104-operated MoscowIrkutsk route initiated on that day marked the first Soviet jet-airliner-operated passenger route. The flight was performed by Moscow crew headed by captain Mr. E. P. Barabash.
  • On March 7, 1975. The first aircraft of the second generation of civil jets Tupolev Tu-154 landed in Irkutsk.
  • April 4, 1975. The first flight to Moscow on Tupolev Tu-154 was performed.
  • November 11, 1980 The first Il-76 CCCP-76525 arrived in Irkutsk. The crew consisted of: flight instructor МГА Mr. M. V. Ptitsyn, the commander УТО Mr. V. F. Podshivalov, captain-probationer A.V. Bobylkov and other flying experts.
  • December 19, 1980 The first flight was performed on the route IrkutskPolyarnyi using Il-76, it was headed by air detachment commander Mr. v. I. Sviridov.
  • April 1, 1992 According to order № 238 d.d. 30 March Irkutsk United Air Group was reorganized. There were: State Enterprise " Irkutsk Airport " (SE «Irkutsk Airport») and Public Corporation «Air company «Baikal»
  • October 28, 1994. The certificate № 045-А-М of Intergovernmental Aviation Committee for accordance with certification requirements was given. The airport was accepted as suitable for international flights.
  • December 16, 1994 The acting terminal of international flights was put in commission.
  • April 12, 2002 Aerodrome operator changed its name to Federal State Unitary Enterprise "Irkutsk Airport".
  • July 14, 2004 The aerodrome got the certificate to accept international flight and landing-minimum 1 category ICAO 60.
  • On October 14, 2008 the work for lengthening the runway (400 m towards Lake Baikal) was completed.
  • April 10, 2009 Re-opening of the domestic terminal after reconstruction. The terminal is called "Crystal Gate".
  • November 13, 2009 - International Airport "Airport Irkutsk" held its first aircraft spotting session, becoming the third large city in Russia (after Moscow and Novosibirsk). The event has become a tradition.[4][5]
  • July 2, 2010 - Airport "Irkutsk" celebrated its 85th anniversary.[6]
  • March 1, 2011 - Federal State Unitary Enterprise "Airport Irkutsk" transformed into an open Joint-stock company International airport "Irkutsk".

Technical characteristicsEdit

Aerodrome chart
Gate in the International Airport Irkutsk.
Apron buses at Irkutsk Airport.

Irkutsk International Airport has a rather unusual layout, with the passenger terminals being off the western end of the airfield's only runway, at an exact 270* heading. The airport's runway is coated with a substance known as "armobetonnym", but is also rather steep, featuring a 30 metre vertical drop between the west and east runway ends. The total capacity of the two passenger terminals is 1450 passengers / hour. For loads up to 30 tons, the cargo terminal has at its disposal diesel forklifts, hoists, a container platform, and electronic/mechanical weigh scales. The airport complex also includes the airport hotel "Air Harbour", a service of aviation service (board food workshop) repair facility and medical services. There is a VIP lounge in the international terminal building.

Passenger capacity:

  • Domestic terminal: 800 passengers/hour
  • International terminal: 650 passengers/hour

Cargo terminal: area = 2.2 hectares with a capacity of 150 tonnes per day.

Fire fighting equipment: cat VIII

Runway characteristicsEdit

The class of the artificial landing strip - B (according to the length of the landing strip) Corresponding to the first category of ICAO.

ETOPS Diversion airportEdit

Irkutsk airport serves as a diversion airport for transcontinental flights and Polar route 2.[7][8]

Airlines and destinationsEdit


S7 Airlines Tupolev Tu-154M in new livery parked at Irkutsk Airport.
Angara Airlines Antonov An-148 landing at Irkutsk Airport.
Aeroflot Krasnoyarsk–Yemelyanovo,[9] Moscow–Sheremetyevo
Aero Mongolia Ulaanbaatar
Alrosa Mirny Air Enterprise Lensk, Mirny, Polyarny
Angara Airlines Bodaybo, Bratsk, Chita, Erbogachen, Khabarovsk,[10] Kirensk, Krasnoyarsk–Yemelyanovo, Mama, Mirny, Novosibirsk, Olyokminsk, Polyarny,[11] Talakan, Ulaanbaatar,[12] Ust-Kut, Vladivostok, Yakutsk
Seasonal: Sochi
Aurora Khabarovsk
Avia Traffic Company Bishkek, Osh
China Southern Airlines Shenyang[13]
Seasonal: Harbin[14]
Hainan Airlines Beijing–Capital
IrAero Barnaul,[15] Blagoveshchensk, Bodaybo, Bratsk, Chita, Harbin, Karshi,[16] Khabarovsk, Krasnoyarsk–Yemelyanovo, Lensk, Magadan, Manzhouli, Moscow–Domodedovo, Nizhnevartovsk, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Saint Petersburg, Shenyang, Tashkent,[17] Ulan-Ude, Ust-Kut, Vladivostok, Yakutsk
Seasonal: Gelendzhik
Juneyao Airlines Seasonal: Shanghai–Pudong
Korean Air Seasonal: Seoul–Incheon
Lucky Air Chengdu[18]
NordStar Kyzyl, Novosibirsk
Pegas Fly Khabarovsk[19]
Pobeda Moscow–Vnukovo
Polar Airlines Lensk
S7 Airlines Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Beijing–Daxing,[20] Blagoveshchensk,[21] Bratsk,[22] Guangzhou,[23][24] Hong Kong,[25] Moscow–Domodedovo, Nha Trang,[26] Novosibirsk, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (begins 3 June 2020), Phuket,[27] Saint Petersburg,[22][28] Sanya, Seoul–Incheon, Simferopol, Sochi (begins 28 May 2020),[29] Talakan,[22][30] Tokyo–Narita,[31] Ulan-Ude,[22][32] Vladivostok, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
SiLA Ulan-Ude[33]
Smartavia Moscow–Domodedovo[34]
Somon Air Dushanbe
Tianjin Airlines Erenhot[35]
Seasonal: Baotou,[36] Chongqing[37]
Ural Airlines Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi,[38] Beijing–Daxing,[39] Changchun, Harbin, Khabarovsk, Moscow–Domodedovo, Ordos,[38] Vladivostok, Yekaterinburg
Urumqi Air Ürümqi[40]
Utair Krasnoyarsk–Yemelyanovo, Surgut, Tomsk
Uzbekistan Airways Tashkent[41]
Yakutia Airlines Chita, Neryungri, Tashkent, Yakutsk
Yamal Airlines Krasnoyarsk–Yemelyanovo


China Postal Airlines Charter Flights only
Volga-Dnepr Airlines Kolkata


Busiest routes at International Airport Irkutsk (by number of passengers) 2015[42]
Rank Country Region City Airport Airlines Number of passengers
1   Russia   Moscow /   Moscow Oblast Moscow Moscow Domodedovo Airport, Sheremetyevo International Airport, Vnukovo International Airport S7 Airlines, Ural Airlines, Aeroflot, Transaero 614,888
2   Russia   Novosibirsk Oblast Novosibirsk Novosibirsk Tolmachevo Airport Angara, IrAero, NordStar, S7 Airlines 139,208
3   Thailand Bangkok Metropolitan Region, Phuket Province Bangkok, Phuket City Suvarnabhumi Airport, Phuket International Airport Azur Air, S7 Airlines, Pegas Fly 125,418
4   China Municipality of Beijing Beijing, Manzhouli, Harbin, Hong Kong Beijing Capital Airport, Manzhouli Xijiao Airport, Harbin, Hong Kong Airport Hainan Airlines, S7 Airlines 106,323
5   Russia   Khabarovsk Krai Khabarovsk Khabarovsk Novy Airport Aurora Airlines, IrAero 76,340
6   Russia   Primorsky Krai Vladivostok Knevichi Airport S7 Airlines, Ural Airlines 50,251

Ground TransportEdit

The airport is actually located within the city. At the airport there are two paid parking area: 180 spaces (near the international terminal) and 80 spaces (near the terminal domestic airlines).

At air terminals equipped with three stops for complex urban public transport. In addition, three times daily shuttle buses number 306 to Angarsk (2010 data).

Periodical literatureEdit

Airport publishes its own regional industry newspaper "Irkutsk sky", dedicated to civil aviation in Irkutsk region. The publication contains interviews with the heads of airlines, airline news column, analytical materials. The newspaper is published bimonthly and distributed free in the airport terminals and the airlines' offices in Irkutsk.[43]

Incidents and accidentsEdit

  • On 25 July 1971, Aeroflot Flight 1912 crashed after it touched down short of the runway. 97 of the 118 people on board perished in the crash.[44] Of the 126 people on board the aircraft, 29 survived.[45]
  • On 9 February 1976, Aeroflot Flight 3739 crashed shortly after takeoff. Of the 115 people on board 24 perished in the accident.[44]
  • On 9 July 2006, S7 Airlines Flight 778 overshot the runway, and crashed through a concrete barricade, hit a group of private garages and burst into flames, killing 125 out 203 people on board. The only runway had to be closed, and incoming planes were diverted to the runway of the nearby Irkut aviation plant, where Sukhoi fighters and the Beriev Be-200 are produced.[46]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ (in Russian) Airport Irkutsk/Irkutsk
  2. ^ (in Russian)"Airport Irkutsk" in 2010 showed an increase in passenger traffic
  3. ^ World Aero Data
  4. ^ (in Russian)November 13 at Irkutsk airport for the first time was aircraft spotting session // Official site of JSC "International airport" Irkutsk ""
  5. ^ (in Russian)In the Irkutsk airport today held a summer aircraft spotting[permanent dead link] //News "AS Baikal TV"
  6. ^ (in Russian)"Airport Irkutsk" marks 85 years // Official site of JSC "International airport" Irkutsk ""
  7. ^ Boeing-conducted Airport safety and operational assessments
  8. ^ New Cross-Polar Routes
  9. ^ Liu, Jim. "Aeroflot expands Krasnoyarsk market in S20". Routesonline. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
  10. ^ ""Ангара" открывает авиалинию Иркутск - Чита - Хабаровск". Airlines Inform. 9 April 2019.
  11. ^ "Авиарейсы из Иркутска в Красноярск и Мирный запустят с 5 января". PrimaMedia. 28 December 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  12. ^ Liu, Jim (12 March 2019). "Angara schedules Irkutsk – Ulan Baatar summer service from May 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  13. ^ Liu, Jim (19 March 2018). "China Southern resumes Shenyang – Irkutsk service from June 2018". Routesonline. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  14. ^ "China Southern adds Harbin – Irkutsk seasonal route in 3Q17". routesonline. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  15. ^ Liu, Jim (7 April 2017). "IrAero new domestic routes in S17". Routesonline. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  16. ^ Vakilov, Fakhri (5 December 2019). "Russian airline IrAero launches direct flights to Uzbekistan's city of Karshi". Trend.Az. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  17. ^ Liu, Jim (16 April 2019). "IrAero schedules Irkutsk – Tashkent May 2019 launch". Routesonline. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  18. ^ Liu, Jim (13 June 2017). "Lucky Air plans Irkutsk service from June 2017". Routesonline. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  19. ^
  20. ^ Liu, Jim (25 November 2019). "S7 Airlines Beijing service changes from late-March 2020". Routesonline. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  21. ^ Liu, Jim (25 December 2019). "S7 Airlines expands Blagoveschensk network in S20". Routesonline. Retrieved 25 December 2019.
  22. ^ a b c d Liu, Jim (23 April 2019). "S7 Airlines schedules new domestic routes in S19". Routesonline. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  23. ^ "S7 Airlines flight schedule". S7 Airlines. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  24. ^ Liu, Jim (24 October 2018). "S7 Airlines adds Irkutsk – Guangzhou service from Dec 2018". Routesonline. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  25. ^ Liu, Jim (7 June 2019). "S7 Airlines Revises S19 Irkutsk – Hong Kong service increase". Routesonline. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  26. ^ Liu, Jim (7 September 2018). "S7 Airlines adds Irkutsk – Cam Ranh service from Nov 2018". Routesonline. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  27. ^ Liu, Jim (8 November 2018). "S7 Airlines adds Irkutsk – Phuket route from late-Dec 2018". Routesonline. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  28. ^ Liu, Jim (6 January 2019). "S7 Airlines S19 Domestic network addition as of 04JAN19". Routesonline. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  29. ^ Liu, Jim (4 September 2019). "S7 Airlines adds Irkutsk – Adler/Sochi service in S20". Routesonline. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  30. ^ "S7 Airlines открывает регулярные рейсы из Иркутска в Талакан". S7 Airlines. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  31. ^ Liu, Jim (14 November 2017). "S7 Airlines adds Irkutsk – Tokyo in S18". Routesonline. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  32. ^ "S7 Airlines начинает полеты из Иркутска в Улан-Удэ". S7 Airlines. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  33. ^ "Аэропорт "Байкал" в Бурятии обретет "Силу"". MK Ulan-Ude. 29 December 2018.
  34. ^ "Авиакомпания Smartavia откроет регулярное сообщение из Москвы в Иркутск и Улан-Удэ". Aviation Explorer. 26 April 2019.
  35. ^ "Tianjin Airlines adds Erenhot – Irkutsk service from July 2018". routesonline. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  36. ^ Liu, Jim (29 June 2017). "Tianjin Airlines adds Baotou – Irkutsk route from July 2017". Routesonline. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  37. ^ "Tianjin Airlines adds Chongqing – Irkutsk service in 3Q17". routesonline. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  38. ^ a b Liu, Jim (2 June 2017). "Ural Airlines expands China - Thailand flights from July 2017". Routesonline. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  39. ^ Liu, Jim (12 November 2019). "Ural Airlines files 737 MAX 8 Moscow – Beijing service in S20". Routesonline. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  40. ^ Liu, Jim (15 June 2018). "Urumqi Air proposes Irkutsk late-June 2018 launch". Routesonline. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  41. ^ Самолёты начнут летать из Иркутска в Ташкент напрямую. (in Russian). Информационное агентство «Ирсити». 5 March 2019. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  42. ^ "В аэропорту Иркутск подвели итоги 2015 года". ОАО «Международный Аэропорт Иркутск». Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  43. ^ (in Russian)"Airport Irkutsk" presented the first edition of the newspaper devoted to civil aviation of the Irkutsk region
  44. ^ a b "Катастрофа Ту-104А ВС УГА в Иркутске (борт CCCP-42327), 09 февраля 1976 года. // - авиационные происшествия, инциденты и авиакатастрофы в СССР и России - факты, история, статистика". Retrieved 2017-03-18.
  45. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Tupolev 104B CCCP-42405 Irkutsk Airport (IKT)". Retrieved 2017-04-07.
  46. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Airbus A310-324 F-OGYP Irkutsk Airport (IKT)". Retrieved 2017-04-11.

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