Isfana Iskhak Razzakov Airport

Исхак Раззаков Исфана аэропорту
Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorGovernment
ServesIsfana and Sulukta
LocationIsfana, Leilek District
Hub forTezJet Airlines, Avia Traffic
Elevation AMSL4,527 ft / 1,380 m
Coordinates39°49′29″N 069°34′07″E / 39.82472°N 69.56861°E / 39.82472; 69.56861Coordinates: 39°49′29″N 069°34′07″E / 39.82472°N 69.56861°E / 39.82472; 69.56861
Map
UAFI is located in Kyrgyzstan
UAFI
UAFI
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 1,700 5,577 Asphalt

Isfana Iskhak Razzakov Airport (Kyrgyz: Исхак Раззаков Исфана аэропорту, Russian: Исфанинкий аэропорт имени Исхака Раззакова, Uzbek: Isfana Isxaq Razzaqov aeroporti) (IATA: none (ИФА), ICAO: UAFI)[1] is an airport serving Isfana and Sulukta, towns in Leilek District of Batken Region (oblast) of Kyrgyzstan. The Russian IATA code for Isfana Iskhak Razzakov Airport is ИФА.[2] Although Isfana Iskhak Razzakov Airport is near the border with Tajikistan, it has no customs and border control checks and serves only flights within Kyrgyzstan. In 2020, the airport was renamed in honor of Iskhak Razzakov who served as the first secretary of the Communist Party of the Kyrgyz SSR.[3]

An Antonov An-28 at Isfana Iskhak Razzakov Airport in 1990
An Antonov An-28 at Isfana Iskhak Razzakov Airport in 1990

Isfana Iskhak Razzakov Airport started its operations in the 1940s as a landing strip near the town of Isfana. After Kalacha Airport, serving the coal mining town of Sulukta (16 km north of Isfana), was closed, Isfana Iskhak Razzakov Airport started serving Sulukta residents as well. The current runway and terminal were built in 1974. It is a regional class 3C airport. The runway has a weight limit of 22 tonnes, and has no instrument landing facilities and operates only during daylight hours.

In the late 1980s, Isfana Iskhak Razzakov Airport halted its operation because of technical problems. It remained closed for twenty years. In 2007, after the terminal and the track were repaired, the airport was reopened.[4] It was temporarily closed in early 2014, but was reopened later that year. The airport was closed once again from November 2019 to June 2020 while the terminal and runway were renovated.[5]

References

  1. ^ "Pilot information for Isfana Airport". Our Airports. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Codes of cities in every country" (in Russian). G-Avia.ru. 2012-10-28. Archived from the original on 2018-11-08. Retrieved 2012-10-28.
  3. ^ "Аэропорт имени Раззакова, заводы и фабрики. Что увидел Новиков на юге Кыргызстана (фото)". Kaktus (in Russian). 8 December 2020. Retrieved 10 December 2020.
  4. ^ "В Киргизии спустя 20 лет вновь открыт аэропорт Исфана". Centrasia (in Russian). 23 August 2007. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  5. ^ "Аэропорт "Исфана" приготовился принимать самолеты после реконструкции. Фото". Kaktus (in Russian). 20 July 2020. Retrieved 10 December 2020.