Princess Olga Pskov Airport
Аэропорт Псков имени княгини Ольги
|Airport type||Military / Public|
|Location||Pskov, Pskov Oblast, Russia|
|Elevation AMSL||154 ft / 47 m|
Princess Olga Pskov International Airport (Russian: Международный аэропорт Псков имени княгини Ольги ) (IATA: PKV, ICAO: ULOO) is an airfield in Pskov Oblast, Russia located 6 km southeast of Pskov. It is a medium air base with 27 large revetments in a complex, sprawling taxiway layout. The civilian terminal area services 13 medium/large planes and 20 small planes. There is no instrument landing capability.
The airfield dates to the 1930s, when it became a host base for one of the a Soviet Airforce regiments. Under the German Nazi occupation it was used by the Luftwaffe to supply advancing Wehrmacht troops.
After the WWII the airport is mostly used for commuter services to local airfields in Pskov oblast (Velikie Luki, Gdov, Samolva etc.) and for scheduled flights to Moscow, Leningrad, Riga, Tartu, Vitebsk, Kharkov, Simferopol and other destinations in European part of the USSR. By 1955 intelligence sources reported four-engine aircraft operating on 2500-meter runways. In the 1960s the airfield hosted about two dozen Antonov An-10 Cat and Antonov An-12 Cub transports. In the 1970s the aircraft were upgraded to Ilyushin Il-76 jets, operated by the 334 VTAP (334th Military Transport Aviation Regiment). In 1984 the airfield had a normal complement of 27 Il-76 aircraft.
In 1990s regular flights were interrupted due to economic collapse that caused significant reduction of the demand for passenger and cargo air service and closure of all local airfields in Pskov and Leningrad oblasts. After a short-lived air connection to Moscow operated by Eurasia Airlines in 2003, scheduled airline services were not resumed before May 2007. In the beginning these services were operated by St. Petersburg based carrier Vyborg Airlines but has since then been taken over by UTair Aviation and Atlant-Soyuz and later discontinued. In 2009 two airlines announced they would serve the airport. Region-Avia started flights to Moscow-Vnukovo and airBaltic announced international services to its Riga hub. The latter services were cancelled in December 2009 due to the state of the runway during winter.
During 2010-ties Pskovavia maintained scheduled flights to Moscow and St.Petersburg with An-24 and An-26 turboprops, until the license of the airline was revoked. In 2018 Azimuth airline opened regular flights to Moscow with its Sukhoi Superjet 100. By 2020 flights to five Russian airports are maintained.
Scheduled passenger flights are currently operated by Sukhoi Superjet, Bombardier CRJ and Let L-410.
|Red Wings Airlines||Kaliningrad|
|RusLine||Kaliningrad, Mineralnye Vody|