Kerki Airport

Kerki International Airport (Turkmen: Kerki halkara howa menzili [5], IATA: KEA, ICAO: UTAE) is an international airport in the town of Kerki, Lebap Region in eastern Turkmenistan. The main purpose of Kerki International Airport is to serve as a second airport in Lebap Region while the main being Turkmenabat International Airport.

Kerki International Airport [1]

Kerki halkara howa menzili[2]
Summary
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorTurkmenhowayollary Agency [3]
ServesKerki
LocationKerki, Lebap Region, Turkmenistan
Opened23 June 2021 (15 months ago) (2021-06-23)
Built2019—2021
Time zone{{{timezone}}} (UTC+05:00)
Elevation AMSL770 ft / 235 m
Coordinates37°48′32″N 065°12′45″E / 37.80889°N 65.21250°E / 37.80889; 65.21250
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
16/34 2,700 8,858 Asphalt
Source:World Aero Data[4]

The airport has a capacity of 100 people per hour and is capable of simultaneously receiving two large aircraft and four helicopters.

HistoryEdit

The order to create an airfield at Kerki was signed in 1946. The first flights began in March 1946.[6] Once a week by Po-2, passengers from Kerki were flown to Ashkhabad and Mary. For many years, planes and helicopters flew from the unpaved strip to Gaurdak, Chardzhou, Garametniyaz, Zakhmet and other settlements.[7]

In 1974 a reinforced concrete runway was built. It lies at an altitude of 237 metres (770 feet).

New airportEdit

ConstructionEdit

The construction of the new airport of Kerki began in May 2019.[8] Construction entrusted to the enterprise Gundogdy.

Construction was completed in May 2021.[9]

FunctioningEdit

The new airport in Kerki was opened on June 23, 2021.[10][11] The opening ceremony was attended by Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, members of the government and other politicians.

The airport received international status, it was issued the appropriate ICAO code UTAE.[12] and IATA code KEA.

FacilitiesEdit

Airport facilities are located on an area of more than 200 hectares.

The main terminal of the airport has a waiting room with 120 seats, two ticket offices, first aid rooms, international communication points, a left-luggage office, a post office, cafeterias, CIP hall, a mother and child room, and a canteen for 30 seats.[13]

The apron of the airport can accommodate two large aircraft and four helicopters at a time. Its infrastructure also includes an emergency and fire service building, a technical block, a checkpoint, a garage for special vehicles, and other auxiliary facilities.[14]

The airport complex also includes parking lots for passengers and airport employees, a bus stop.

Airlines and destinationsEdit

AirlinesDestinations
Turkmenistan AirlinesDaşoguz, Ashgabat[15][16]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "В Туркменистане открылся новый международный аэропорт – в городе Керки". 23 June 2021.
  2. ^ "Kerki Halkara howa menziline halkara sertifikat gowşuryldy | Syýahatçylyk".
  3. ^ "Аэропорт в городе Керки".
  4. ^ Airport information for UT51 at World Aero Data
  5. ^ "Kerki Halkara howa menziline halkara sertifikat gowşuryldy | Syýahatçylyk".
  6. ^ "Завершается строительство новой воздушной гавани в Лебапе". 9 June 2021.
  7. ^ "Президент Туркменистана открыл в Керки Международный аэропорт | Политика".
  8. ^ "Строительство нового аэропорта Керки начнется в мае 2019 года | Туризм".
  9. ^ "Открытие нового аэропорта в Керки намечено на 21 июня | Туризм".
  10. ^ Работы по вводу в эксплуатацию Керкинского аэропорта близятся к завершению
  11. ^ "В Туркменистане открылся новый международный аэропорт – в городе Керки". 23 June 2021.
  12. ^ "Аэропорту Керки получил международный сертификат соответствия и код ICAO". 23 June 2021.
  13. ^ Президент Туркменистана открыл в Керки Международный аэропорт
  14. ^ "Глава Туркменистана принял участие в торжествах в Лебапском велаяте". 23 June 2021.
  15. ^ "Прямые авиарейсы свяжут Керки с Ашхабадом и Дашогузом | Туризм".
  16. ^ https://turkmenistanairlines.tm/services/ru/timetable

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