Irkutsk International Airport
|Airport type||Military / Public|
|Operator||JSC "International Airport Irkutsk"|
|Focus city for|
|Time zone||+8 (UTC+08:00)|
|Elevation AMSL||1,675 ft / 511 m|
Location of airport in Irkutsk Oblast
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.
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.
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.
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.
On July 14, 2004, the aerodrome received its certificate to accept international flights and landing-minimum 1 category ICAO 60.
On October 14, 2008, the work for lengthening the runway (400 m towards Lake Baikal) was completed.
The domestic terminal was re-opened on April 10, 2009, after reconstruction. The terminal is called Crystal Gate.
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.
On July 2, 2010, Irkutsk Airport celebrated its 85th anniversary.
On March 1, 2011, Federal State Unitary Enterprise Irkutsk Airport became the open joint-stock company International airport Irkutsk.
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.
Cargo terminal: area = 2.2 hectares with a capacity of 150 tonnes per day.
Fire fighting equipment: cat VIII
The class of the artificial landing strip - B (according to the length of the landing strip), corresponding to the first category of ICAO.
Irkutsk airport serves as a diversion airport for transcontinental flights and Polar route 2.
|Aeroflot||Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi (begins 18 January 2023), Krasnoyarsk–International, Moscow–Sheremetyevo|
|Alrosa Mirny Air Enterprise||Lensk, Mirny, Polyarny|
|Angara Airlines|| Bodaybo, Bratsk, Chita, Erbogachen, Khabarovsk, Kirensk, Krasnoyarsk–International, Mama, Mirny, Novosibirsk, Olyokminsk, Polyarny, Talakan, Ulaanbaatar, Ust-Kut, Vladivostok, Yakutsk|
|Avia Traffic Company||Bishkek, Osh|
|IrAero|| Barnaul, Blagoveshchensk, Bodaybo, Bratsk, Chita, Harbin, Karshi, Khabarovsk, Krasnoyarsk–International, Lensk, Magadan, Manzhouli, Moscow–Domodedovo, Nizhnevartovsk, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Saint Petersburg, Shenyang, Tashkent, Ulan-Ude, Ust-Kut, Vladivostok, Yakutsk|
|Juneyao Airlines||Seasonal: Shanghai–Pudong|
|Korean Air||Seasonal: Seoul–Incheon|
|Pegas Fly|| Khabarovsk |
Seasonal charter: Antalya, Hurghada, Sharm El Sheikh
|S7 Airlines||Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Beijing–Daxing, Guangzhou, Magadan, Moscow–Domodedovo, Novosibirsk, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Saint Petersburg, Simferopol, Sochi, Vladivostok|
|Ural Airlines||Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Beijing–Daxing, Changchun, Dushanbe, Harbin, Khabarovsk, Moscow–Domodedovo, Ordos, Vladivostok, Yekaterinburg|
|Utair||Krasnoyarsk–International, Surgut, Tomsk|
|Yakutia Airlines||Chita, Neryungri, Tashkent, Yakutsk|
|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|
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).
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.