Almaty International Airport

Халықаралық Алматы Әуежайы  (Kazakh)
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Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerTAV Airports Holding
ServesAlmaty
LocationAlmaty, Kazakhstan (inside city limits)
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL681 m / 2,234 ft
Coordinates43°21′19″N 077°02′41″E / 43.35528°N 77.04472°E / 43.35528; 77.04472Coordinates: 43°21′19″N 077°02′41″E / 43.35528°N 77.04472°E / 43.35528; 77.04472
Websitealmaty-kazakhstan.net/travel/almaty-airport
Map
ALA/UAAA is located in Kazakhstan
ALA/UAAA
ALA/UAAA
Location in Almaty, Kazakhstan
ALA/UAAA is located in Asia
ALA/UAAA
ALA/UAAA
ALA/UAAA (Asia)
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05R/23L 4,400 14,436 Concrete
05L/23R 4,500 14,764 Concrete
Statistics (2019)
Passengers6,422,721
Source: AIP Kazakhstan[2]

Almaty International Airport (IATA: ALA, ICAO: UAAA) (Kazakh: Halyqaralyq Almaty Äuejaiy) is a major international airport 15 km (9.3 mi) northeast of Almaty,[2] the largest city and commercial capital of Kazakhstan. It is the busiest airport in Kazakhstan, accounting for 6.42 million passengers in 2019.[3]

Owners and management

Almaty International Airport JSC is 100% owned by TAV Airports Holding a company registered in Turkey.

History

Early years

The airport was built in 1935, for all small civil/military flying ships.[4] Up to 1990, it was the part of Kazakh Department of Civil Aviation, and then reorganized into "Alma-Ata Airport" in 1991. Since 1993, it has run as an independent business unit. In 1994, it was reorganized into OJSC "Almaty Airport" and later renamed to JSC Almaty International Airport.

The supersonic transport (SST) Tupolev Tu-144 began service on 26 December 1975, flying mail and freight between Moscow and Alma-Ata in preparation for passenger services, which commenced in November 1977. The Aeroflot flight on 1 June 1978 was the Tu-144's 55th and last scheduled passenger service.

Following a runway reconstruction in 1998, Almaty airport was awarded a CAT II certificate and the status of an international airport.

On 9 July 1999, a fire started in the shashlik kitchen of the airport restaurant. The terminal building burned down in just a few hours, but without major injuries.

Development since 2000

Construction of a new terminal was completed in 2004. On 30 September 2008, a second runway was opened with the first departure being a BMI flight bound for London Heathrow. The new runway was also given an ICAO certificate for CAT III landings which will significantly reduce the number of planes diverting to nearby airfields due to low visibility, especially during the winter months. The runway is the longest in central Asia. The new runway can accept all types of aircraft without limitation of take-off weight and operation frequency.

Growth in connectivity is in danger of being compromised by airport infrastructure that is comparatively expensive and not keeping pace with demand growth. IATA is urging the Kazakhstan government to follow ICAO principles and eliminate differential ANSP charges between domestic and international carriers. Currently (2012), it is 18% more expensive to turn around an Airbus A320 in Almaty than at similarly sized airports in Europe. The differential rises to 43% for a Boeing 767.[5]

There were plans to build a new passenger terminal for international flights with six loading bridges and capacity up to 2,500 passengers per hour in the near future. A developed infrastructure complex consisting of a Marriott Hotel, conference halls, business center, shopping center and cinemas were planned to be within this terminal.

The new terminal was to be located along Kuldja Road to help reduce traffic on the way to the airport. However the terminal's construction was stopped due to managers postponing the project's construction in 2010 because of disagreements with Air Astana's plans for the terminal which was intended to serve Air Astana international flights while the existing terminal would serve domestic destinations. According to the managers, the problems of this plan would be that Air Astana would have faculties operating, and its planes transferring from one end of the runway to another which would create delayed transporting problems for Air Astana; since the runway lines would be busy with the having lack of space of creating new runways. There has been a conclusion to demolish the construction and rebuild the new terminal used for domestic and international flights. There are now plans to build a new airport in Kapchagai reservoir which is 48 km away from Almaty.[6]

On February 17, 2012 in Moscow, at the 32nd session of the Council on Aviation and the Use of Airspace of the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC), Almaty International Airport was recognized as the best in the CIS and received the prize "For Achievements in the Development of International Airports".[7]

During the disturbances of January 2022, the airport was commandeered by insurgents on the sixth, halting flights before being re-taken by Russian forces.[8][9][10][11]

In May 2022, a proposal was made to Deputy Prime Minister Roman Sklyar by a group of deputies from the People's Party of Kazakhstan to name the airport after Kazakh Soviet communist politician Dinmukhamed Kunaev.[12]

Airlines and destinations

Passenger

AirlinesDestinations
Air Arabia Sharjah
Air Astana[13] Aktau, Aktobe, Atyrau, Baku, Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Beijing–Capital, Bishkek, Colombo–Bandaranaike,[14] Delhi, Dubai–International, Dushanbe, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Kyiv–Boryspil, Kyzylorda, London–Heathrow,[15] Malè, Moscow–Domodedovo (suspended),[16] Nur-Sultan, Oral, Oskemen, Saint Petersburg (suspended), Samarkand,[17] Seoul–Incheon, Shymkent, Tashkent, Tbilisi, Ürümqi
Seasonal: Antalya, Bodrum, Heraklion (begins 2 June 2022),[18] Podgorica[19]
Seasonal charter: Hambantota–Mattala,[20] Sharm El Sheikh
Air Seychelles Seasonal charter: Mahé[21]
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga
Asiana Airlines Seoul–Incheon
Azerbaijan Airlines Baku
Belavia Minsk
China Southern Airlines Ürümqi
FlyArystan Aktau, Aktobe, Atyrau,[22] Karagandy, Kokshetau, Kostanay, Nur-Sultan, Omsk, Oral, Pavlodar, Petropavl, Semey, Shymkent, Taraz, Turkistan,[23] Yerevan (begins 2 June 2022)[24]
flydubai Dubai–International
Hainan Airlines Beijing–Capital
Hunnu Air Ulaanbaatar
Jazeera Airways Kuwait[25]
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Mahan Air Tehran–Imam Khomeini[26]
Neos Milan–Malpensa (begins 12 June 2022)[27]
Nordwind Kaliningrad,[28] Samara[29]
Pegasus Airlines Antalya,[30] Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
Qatar Airways Doha[31]
Qazaq Air Nur-Sultan, Shymkent, Taraz[32]
Rossiya Airlines Sochi[33]
S7 Airlines Novosibirsk
SCAT Airlines[34] Aktau, Aktobe, Atyrau, Balkhash,[35] Haikou,[36] Jeddah,[37] Karagandy, Kokshetau, Kostanay, Kyzylorda,[38] Medina,[37] Mineralnye Vody, Nur-Sultan, Oral, Oskemen, Petropavl, Ras Al Khaimah,[39] Semey, Shymkent, Taraz, Zhezkazgan
Seasonal: Antalya,[40] Sanya
Seasonal charter: Hambantota–Mattala[41]
SkyUp Kyiv–Boryspil[42]
Somon Air Dushanbe
Sunday Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya, Nha Trang, Sharm El Sheikh, Malè
Turkish Airlines Istanbul
Turkmenistan Airlines Ashgabat
Ural Airlines Moscow–Zhukovsky, Yekaterinburg
Uzbekistan Airways Samarkand, Tashkent
Wizz Air Abu Dhabi[43]

Cargo

AirlinesDestinations
Cargolux[44] Luxembourg
Cargolux Italia[45] Milan–Malpensa
Qatar Airways Cargo[46] Doha, Hong Kong
Silk Way West Airlines[47] Baku
Turkish Cargo[48] Bishkek, Guangzhou, Istanbul, Seoul–Incheon, Nur-Sultan, Shanghai–Pudong, Taipei–Taoyuan
UPS Airlines[citation needed] Cologne/Bonn, Seoul–Incheon, Shanghai–Pudong

Statistics

Check-in hall
Check-in hall
Apron view
Apron view

Annual traffic

Annual passenger traffic at ALA airport. See source Wikidata query.
Annual passenger traffic[49][50][non-primary source needed][51]
Year Passengers % Change
2010 3,000,000 Steady
2011 3,665,538 Increase 22.2%
2012 4,003,004 Increase 9.2%
2013 4,323,224 Increase 8%
2014 4,588,866 Increase 6%
2015 4,905,307 Increase 6.9%
2016 4,878,450 Decrease 0.5%
2017 5,640,800 Increase 15.6%
2018 5,686,926 Increase 1%
2019 6,422,721 Increase 13%

Accidents and incidents

See also

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