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Irkutsk International Airport

Аэропорт Иркутск
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Irkutsk (IKT - UIII) AN2335801.jpg
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

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


The airport has daily domestic flights to Moscow, Vladivostok, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, Yakutsk, Saint Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, and Sochi. It has 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.


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1920s to 1930s

The Irkutsk Airport opened on 24 June 1925. Six aircraft from Moscow landed at the airport as part of a flight to Beijing. Of these six planes, four were domestic and two were foreign. This flight was headed by captain I.P. Shmidt. The event was the beginning of aviation service in Siberia.

On 10–13 August 1928 the first postal/passenger flight on the Irkutsk–Bodaybo seaplane route arrived. It was a Junkers F 13 named Mossovet. In August 1932 the air route from Moscow to Vladivostok opened with a stop in Irkutsk. Irkutsk aviators started to fly the Irkutsk to Mogocha route.

1940s to 1960s

In January 1948, daily flights on the Irkutsk–Moscow, Irkutsk–Bodaybo–Yakutsk air routes were started. On December 30, 1954, Irkutsk Airport was elevated to international status.

On September 15, 1956, the Tupolev Tu-104 first arrived in Irkutsk by tech-flight from Beijing. The Moscow–Irkutsk route initiated that day marked the first Soviet jet-airliner-operated passenger route. The flight was performed by a Moscow crew headed by captain E.P. Barabash.

1970s to 1990s

On March 7, 1975, the first Tupolev Tu-154 jets landed in Irkutsk. On April 4, 1975, the first flight to Moscow on Tupolev Tu-154 was performed.

On 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. On December 19, 1980, the first flight was performed on the route Irkutsk–Polyarnyi using the Il-76. It was headed by air detachment commander Mr. v. I. Sviridov.

On April 1, 1992, according to order No. 238 d.d. 30 March, Irkutsk United Air Group was reorganized. There were Irkutsk Airport State Enterprise (SE "Irkutsk Airport") and Air company Baikal Public Corporation.

On October 28, 1994, certificate No. 045-А-М from the Intergovernmental Aviation Committee for accordance with certification requirements was given. The airport was accepted as suitable for international flights.

On December 16, 1994, the acting terminal of international flights was put into commission.


On April 12, 2002, the aerodrome operator changed its name to Irkutsk Airport Federal State Unitary Enterprise.[citation needed]

On July 14, 2004, the aerodrome received its certificate to accept international flights and landing-minimum 1 category ICAO 60.[citation needed]

On October 14, 2008, the work for lengthening the runway (400 m towards Lake Baikal) was completed.[citation needed]

The domestic terminal was re-opened on April 10, 2009, after reconstruction. The terminal is called Crystal Gate.[citation needed]

Irkutsk International Airport held its first aircraft spotting session on November 13, 2009, becoming the third large city in Russia (after Moscow and Novosibirsk). The event has become a tradition.[4][5]

On July 2, 2010, Irkutsk Airport celebrated its 85th anniversary.[6]

On March 1, 2011, Federal State Unitary Enterprise Irkutsk Airport became the open joint-stock company International airport Irkutsk.[citation needed]

Technical characteristics

Aerodrome chart
Aerodrome chart
Gate in the International Airport Irkutsk.
Gate in the International Airport Irkutsk.
Apron buses at Irkutsk Airport.
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 per 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 Air Harbour airport hotel, 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:

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

Fire fighting equipment: cat VIII

Runway characteristics

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 airport

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

Airlines and destinations


Boeing 767-300ER of S7 Airlines
S7 Airlines Tupolev Tu-154M in new livery parked at Irkutsk Airport.
S7 Airlines Tupolev Tu-154M in new livery parked at Irkutsk Airport.
Angara Airlines Antonov An-148 landing at Irkutsk Airport.
Angara Airlines Antonov An-148 landing at Irkutsk Airport.
Aeroflot Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi,[9] Krasnoyarsk–International,[10] Moscow–Sheremetyevo
Aero Mongolia Ulaanbaatar
Alrosa Mirny Air Enterprise Lensk, Mirny, Polyarny
Angara Airlines Bodaybo, Bratsk, Chita, Erbogachen, Khabarovsk,[11] Kirensk, Krasnoyarsk–International, Mama, Mirny, Novosibirsk, Olyokminsk, Polyarny,[12] Talakan, Ulaanbaatar,[13] Ust-Kut, Vladivostok, Yakutsk
Seasonal: Sochi
Aurora Khabarovsk
Avia Traffic Company Bishkek, Osh
Ikar Khabarovsk[14]
Seasonal charter: Antalya,[15] Hurghada, Sharm El Sheikh
IrAero Barnaul,[16] Blagoveshchensk, Bodaybo, Bratsk, Chita, Harbin, Karshi,[17] Khabarovsk, Krasnoyarsk–International, Lensk, Magadan, Manzhouli, Moscow–Domodedovo, Nizhnevartovsk, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Saint Petersburg, Shenyang, Tashkent,[18] Ulan-Ude, Ust-Kut, Vladivostok, Yakutsk
Seasonal: Gelendzhik
Juneyao Airlines Seasonal: Shanghai–Pudong
Korean Air Seasonal: Seoul–Incheon
Lucky Air Chengdu–Shuangliu[19]
NordStar Kyzyl, Novosibirsk
Pobeda Moscow–Sheremetyevo
Polar Airlines Lensk
S7 Airlines[20] Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Beijing–Daxing,[21] Guangzhou,[22] Magadan, Moscow–Domodedovo, Novosibirsk, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Saint Petersburg,[23][24] Simferopol, Sochi,[25] Vladivostok
SiLA Ulan-Ude[26]
Smartavia Moscow–Domodedovo[27]
Somon Air Dushanbe
Ural Airlines Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi,[28] Beijing–Daxing,[29] Changchun, Dushanbe, Harbin, Khabarovsk, Moscow–Domodedovo, Ordos,[28] Vladivostok, Yekaterinburg
Urumqi Air Ürümqi[30]
Utair Krasnoyarsk–International, Surgut, Tomsk
Uzbekistan Airways Tashkent[31]
Yakutia Airlines Chita, Neryungri, Tashkent, Yakutsk
Yamal Airlines Krasnoyarsk–International


Volga-Dnepr Airlines Kolkata


Busiest routes at International Airport Irkutsk (by number of passengers) 2015[32]
Rank Country Region City Airport Airlines Number of passengers
1  Russia Moscow Moscow / Moscow Oblast 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 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 Krai Khabarovsk Khabarovsk Novy Airport Aurora Airlines, IrAero 76,340
6  Russia Primorsky Krai Primorsky Krai Vladivostok Knevichi Airport S7 Airlines, Ural Airlines 50,251

Ground transport

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

The air terminals are equipped with three stops for complex urban public transport. In addition, shuttle bus number 306 has a route to Angarsk which runs three times a day (2010 data).

Periodical literature

The airport publishes its own regional industry newspaper, Irkutsk Sky, dedicated to civil aviation in the Irkutsk region. The publication contains interviews with the heads of airlines, an airline news column, and analytical materials. The newspaper is published bimonthly and distributed free in the airport terminals and the airlines' offices in Irkutsk.[33]

Accidents and incidents

See also


  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. ^ "Aeroflot to launch flights to Bangkok from Irkutsk in January". ASEAN Briefing. 25 December 2022. Retrieved 29 December 2022.
  10. ^ Liu, Jim. "Aeroflot expands Krasnoyarsk market in S20". Routesonline. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
  11. ^ ""Ангара" открывает авиалинию Иркутск - Чита - Хабаровск". Airlines Inform. 9 April 2019.
  12. ^ "Авиарейсы из Иркутска в Красноярск и Мирный запустят с 5 января". PrimaMedia. 28 December 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  13. ^ Liu, Jim (12 March 2019). "Angara schedules Irkutsk – Ulan Baatar summer service from May 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  14. ^ "Nordwind/PegasFly further expands Khabarovsk network in W19".
  15. ^ "Flight Search".
  16. ^ Liu, Jim (7 April 2017). "IrAero new domestic routes in S17". Routesonline. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  17. ^ Vakilov, Fakhri (5 December 2019). "Russian airline IrAero launches direct flights to Uzbekistan's city of Karshi". Trend.Az. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  18. ^ Liu, Jim (16 April 2019). "IrAero schedules Irkutsk – Tashkent May 2019 launch". Routesonline. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  19. ^ Liu, Jim (13 June 2017). "Lucky Air plans Irkutsk service from June 2017". Routesonline. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  20. ^ "S7 Airlines flight schedule". S7 Airlines.
  21. ^ Liu, Jim (25 November 2019). "S7 Airlines Beijing service changes from late-March 2020". Routesonline. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  22. ^ Liu, Jim (24 October 2018). "S7 Airlines adds Irkutsk – Guangzhou service from Dec 2018". Routesonline. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  23. ^ Liu, Jim (23 April 2019). "S7 Airlines schedules new domestic routes in S19". Routesonline. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  24. ^ Liu, Jim (6 January 2019). "S7 Airlines S19 Domestic network addition as of 04JAN19". Routesonline. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  25. ^ Liu, Jim (4 September 2019). "S7 Airlines adds Irkutsk – Adler/Sochi service in S20". Routesonline. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  26. ^ "Аэропорт "Байкал" в Бурятии обретет "Силу"". MK Ulan-Ude. 29 December 2018.
  27. ^ "Авиакомпания Smartavia откроет регулярное сообщение из Москвы в Иркутск и Улан-Удэ". Aviation Explorer. 26 April 2019.
  28. ^ a b Liu, Jim (2 June 2017). "Ural Airlines expands China - Thailand flights from July 2017". Routesonline. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  29. ^ Liu, Jim (12 November 2019). "Ural Airlines files 737 MAX 8 Moscow – Beijing service in S20". Routesonline. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  30. ^ Liu, Jim (15 June 2018). "Urumqi Air proposes Irkutsk late-June 2018 launch". Routesonline. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  31. ^ Самолёты начнут летать из Иркутска в Ташкент напрямую. (in Russian). Информационное агентство «Ирсити». 5 March 2019. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  32. ^ "В аэропорту Иркутск подвели итоги 2015 года". ОАО «Международный Аэропорт Иркутск». Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  33. ^ (in Russian)"Airport Irkutsk" presented the first edition of the newspaper devoted to civil aviation of the Irkutsk region
  34. ^ 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.
  35. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Tupolev 104B CCCP-42405 Irkutsk Airport (IKT)". Retrieved 2017-04-07.
  36. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Airbus A310-324 F-OGYP Irkutsk Airport (IKT)". Retrieved 2017-04-11.