Sukhumi Babushara Airport

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Sukhumi Babushara Airport (IATA: SUI, ICAO: UGSS),[3] previously known as Sukhumi Dranda Airport, and also known as Vladislav Ardzinba Sokhumi International Airport (ICAO: URAS),[4] is the main airport of Abkhazia. It is located in the village of Babushara next to the larger village of Dranda and some 20 kilometres (12 mi) from Sukhumi, the capital of the autonomous republic.

Sokhumi Babushara Airport
Summary
Airport typePublic / Military
ServesSukhumi
LocationAbkhazia / Georgia[1]
Elevation AMSL53 ft / 16 m
Coordinates42°51′29″N 041°07′41″E / 42.85806°N 41.12806°E / 42.85806; 41.12806
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
12/30 3,661 12,012 Concrete
Source: DAFIF[2]

History

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The airport was built in the mid-1960s, when the region was part of the Soviet Union. In the Soviet era, it was used only for domestic flights, primarily to transport people from across the Soviet Union to the sunny beaches of Abkhazia. The airport was heavily damaged during the civil war in the early 1990s. Land mines and other explosive remnants of war have been cleared from the airport since by the HALO Trust, the only land mine clearance agency active in Abkhazia at the present time.

The airport is currently only used for flights to the mountain village of Pskhu and for flights carried out by Russian Air Force.[citation needed]

In 2006, the government of the Republic of Abkhazia expressed its desire to resume international air traffic in the future;[5] however, the facility is not recognized as an international airport by ICAO, and flights can be allowed only with the permission of the Georgian government.[6]

There is another airport in Abkhazia near Gudauta, which serves Russian military troops located there, and an airstrip in Pskhu.

Future plans

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In July 2019, the leadership of Abkhazia issued a decree to open the "Vladislav Ardzinba Sukhumi International Airport" for international flights.[7]

In July 2023, the People's Assembly of Abkhazia ratified an agreement that will allow a Russian investor to reconstruct the airport.[8]

See also

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References

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  1. ^ The political status of Abkhazia is disputed. Having unilaterally declared independence from Georgia in 1992, Abkhazia is formally recognised as an independent state by 5 UN member states (two other states previously recognised it but then withdrew their recognition), while the remainder of the international community recognizes it as as de jure Georgian territory. Georgia continues to claim the area as its own territory, designating it as Russian-occupied territory.
  2. ^ Airport information for Sukhumi Dranda Airport (UG29)[usurped] from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
  3. ^ Accident history for Sukhumi-Babusheri Airport (SUI / UGSS) at Aviation Safety Network
  4. ^ "Russia Occupied Abkhazia Plans to Open Sokhumi Airport". Civil.ge. 29 July 2019. Retrieved 25 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Sukhum's Airport May Soon Resume Operation". News release. Administration of the President of the Republic of Abkhazia. 20 December 2006. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007.
  6. ^ "Georgia's permission necessary to open int'l flights at Sukhum airport – Tbilisi". News release. Interfax news agency. 27 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Заседание Кабинета Министров под председательством Президента". presidentofabkhazia.org (in Russian). Retrieved 25 August 2019.
  8. ^ "Abkhazia approves private Russian investor to fund reconstruction of Sukhumi airport". OC Media. 28 July 2023. Retrieved 25 August 2023.