Princess Olga Pskov Airport

Аэропорт Псков имени княгини Ольги
Pskov asv07-2018 airport img1.jpg
Summary
Airport typeMilitary / Public
OperatorPskovavia
LocationPskov, Pskov Oblast, Russia
Elevation AMSL154 ft / 47 m
Coordinates57°47′6″N 028°23′54″E / 57.78500°N 28.39833°E / 57.78500; 28.39833
Websitepskovavia.ru/airport
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
01/19 2,514[1] 8,248 Concrete

Princess Olga Pskov International Airport (Russian: Международный аэропорт Псков имени княгини Ольги[2] [3]) (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.

Control tower
Control tower

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.[4][5]

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.[6] In the 1960s the airfield hosted about two dozen Antonov An-10 Cat and Antonov An-12 Cub transports.[7] In the 1970s the aircraft were upgraded to Ilyushin Il-76 jets, operated by the 334 VTAP (334th Military Transport Aviation Regiment).[8] In 1984 the airfield had a normal complement of 27 Il-76 aircraft.[9]

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.[10] 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.[11]

Scheduled passenger flights are currently operated by Sukhoi Superjet, Bombardier CRJ and Let L-410.

Airlines and destinations

AirlinesDestinations
Azimuth Moscow–Vnukovo,[12] Sochi[13]
Red Wings Airlines Kaliningrad
RusLine Kaliningrad, Mineralnye Vody

Statistics

Annual passenger traffic at PKV airport. See source Wikidata query.

References

  1. ^ Length of runway was increased to 2514 m. Archived 2007-05-11 at the Wayback Machine Official site of Pskov region
  2. ^ "Официальный интернет-портал правовой информации". publication.pravo.gov.ru. Retrieved 2019-05-31.
  3. ^ Распоряжение Правительства Российской Федерации от 20 апреля 2016 года № 726-р «Об утверждении перечня аэропортов федерального значения»[1]
  4. ^ "Взгляд с другой стороны: Транспортная авиация Люфтваффе на аэродромах Псковщины". ПАИ Новости Псковской области (in Russian). Retrieved 2020-10-04.
  5. ^ "Взгляд с другой стороны: Аэродром Кресты". ПАИ Новости Псковской области (in Russian). Retrieved 2020-10-04.
  6. ^ (SANITIZED)PSKOV AIRFIELD AND NEARBY MILITARY INSTALLATIONS(SANITIZED), CIA-RDP80-00810A002600080009-6, Central Intelligence Agency, Washington, DC, January 21, 1955.
  7. ^ CABLE TO DIRNSA FROM NPIC, CIA-RDP78B04555A000100040095-2, Central Intelligence Agency, Washington, DC, February 21, 1969.
  8. ^ "37 Vozdushnaya Armiya VGK". Brinkster.com.
  9. ^ ZAPAD-83 EXERCISE, USSR, CIA-RDP84T00491R000100520001-9, Central Intelligence Agency, Washington, DC, January 1, 1984.
  10. ^ "Regular airline service between Moscow and Pskov has opened". RBC.
  11. ^ "Опубликовано расписание рейсов самолётов из псковского аэропорта". ПАИ Новости Псковской области (in Russian). Retrieved 2020-10-04.
  12. ^ "Первый авиарейс "Москва - Псков" приземлился на аэродроме в Крестах". kp.ru. 2 October 2018.
  13. ^ Liu, Jim (23 April 2019). "AZIMUTH schedules domestic new routes in S19". Routesonline. Retrieved 23 April 2019.