Provideniya Bay Airport

Аэропорт «Бухта Провидения»
Airport typePublic
Elevation AMSL72 ft / 22 m
Coordinates64°22′42″N 173°14′36″W / 64.37833°N 173.24333°W / 64.37833; -173.24333
Direction Length Surface
ft m
01/19 6,562 2,000 Gravel and sand

Provideniya Bay Airport (Russian: Аэропорт «Бухта Провидения») (IATA: PVS, ICAO: UHMD) (also Urelik and Ureliki) is a small airport in Chukotka, Russia located 3 km southwest of Provideniya at the northern end of the Istikhed lake on the eastern side of Provideniya Bay. It services primarily small transport aircraft. A concrete apron contains four parking spaces.

Military history

In 1954, an 8,200 ft (2,500 m) hard surface runway capable of supporting a fighter regiment and jet bomber deployments was constructed.[1] This attracted the interest of the US intelligence community as Provideniya was the closest Soviet military airfield to the United States.[1] By 1964, at least three S-75 Dvina (SA-2) surface-to-air missile sites were identified surrounding the airfield.[2][3]

529th Fighter Aviation Regiment PVO, part of 25th Air Defence Division, 11th Independent Air Defence Army, was stationed at the airfield from 1960 and 1968.[4] It flew MiG-17 (ASCC Fresco) and MiG-19 aircraft. U.S. intelligence agencies reported it as a division.[5] There were also three Mil Mi-4 helicopters. However after the Cold War, the airfield had deteriorated and was not adequate for Russia's modern military operations. There are anecdotal reports that it has received Tupolev Tu-95MR deployment flights as part of military exercises.

Civilian history

This airport was famous for the 1988 flight of Alaska Airlines known as the Friendship Flight at that time, as well as a similar Bering Air flight in May of the same year.

On 25 July 2005, a Swedish Airforce C-130 Hercules landed in Provideniya Bay, bringing in an international research team from the Beringia 2005 expedition,[6] organized by the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat.

The airport itself and the surrounding towns are not accessible to foreigners without a special permit from the Russian government.

Airlines and destinations

Chukotavia operates infrequent service to the regional capital Anadyr, usually 3-5 times a month. It also operates scheduled helicopter services around the region using a Mi-8, such as to Enmelen, Egvekinot and Lavrentiya.

Bering Air operates chartered tourist flights several times a year using small aircraft such as Beechcraft 1900 and CASA C-212 Aviocar.

Chukotavia Anadyr


World Aero Data[usurped] [7]

  1. ^ a b THE SOVIET ARCTIC, CIA-RDP79T01018A000300010001-0, Central Intelligence Agency, Washington, DC, July 1, 1959.
  2. ^ CABLE TO DIRNSA FROM NPIC, CIA-RDP78B04558A001100040033-0, Central Intelligence Agency, Washington, DC, April 7, 1964.
  3. ^ SURFACE-TO-AIR MISSILE (SAM) INSTALLATION SERIES, CIA-RDP78T05439A000400300013-4, Central Intelligence Agency, Washington, DC, November 1, 1964.
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  5. ^ CABLE TO DIRNSA FROM NPIC, CIA-RDP78B04558A001600040006-5, Central Intelligence Agency, Washington, DC, October 29, 1966.
  6. ^ Beringia 2005 expedition Archived 2007-08-19 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Bering Air Alaska Archived 2014-04-28 at the Wayback Machine