Sabetta International Airport

Международный аэропорт Сабетта
Airport typePublic
LocationSabetta, Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Russia
Elevation AMSL46 ft / 14 m
Coordinates71°13′9″N 072°03′8″E / 71.21917°N 72.05222°E / 71.21917; 72.05222Coordinates: 71°13′9″N 072°03′8″E / 71.21917°N 72.05222°E / 71.21917; 72.05222

Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug in Russia
Location of the airport in Yamalo-Nenets
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04/22 2,700 8,858 Concrete
Number Length Surface
m ft
42 138 Concrete
Source: DAFIF[1][2]

Sabetta International Airport (Russian: Международный аэропорт Сабетта) (IATA: SBT, ICAO: USDA) is an airport in Sabetta, Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Russia (in the Arctic).


In 2009, when Novatek took control over the Yamal LNG in the Yuzhno-Tambeyskoye gas field, it identified the lack of transport infrastructures as one of the weaknesses of its development plan for the plant. Gazprom owns an airport 170 km from Sabetta's site, but building a new airport next to the Yamal LNG plant seemed more strategic. Constructions started in 2012. Built from scratch, Sabetta International Airport became operational in 2014. UTair's Boeing 737 was the first to land on the runway on 4 December 2014. The terminal became operational during the summer of 2015, and got its international certification in October 2015[3][4]

In March 2015, UTair Aviation started weekly flights from Moscow-Vnukovo to Sabetta, mainly to cater to employees of the large LNG plants of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug.[3][5]


Due to the climate, Sabetta's runway is paved with 15,000 prestressed concrete plates PAG-18 (6x2m, 5.2 tons each). The runway is 2704m long and 46m wide.[3] An AN-124 landed on the runway on 6 March 2017.[6] The capacity of the runway enabled Volga-Dnepr Airlines and AirBridgeCargo to deliver parts of the Yamal LNG plant built in Germany and in China.[7]

Sabetta International Airport's terminal has a processing capacity of 200 passengers per hour. A 4500 tons gas station enables planes to refuel for long-haul flights.[3]

The Sabetta International Airport is owned and operated by Yamal LNG.[3]


The airport services Airbus A320, Boeing-737, Boeing 767, Sukhoi Superjet 100, Antonov An-124, Ilushin Il-76 and all lighter types of aircraft.

Airlines and destinations

Red Wings Airlines Moscow–Domodedovo
Utair[5] Moscow–Vnukovo

Sabetta International Airport should also connect flights to France and China as part of the deals between shareholders of Yamal LNG (French Total with 20% and Chinese China National Oil and Gas Exploration and Development Corp. -CNODC with 20%).[3]


  1. ^ "Airport information for USCM". World Aero Data. Archived from the original on 2019-03-05.((cite web)): CS1 maint: unfit URL (link) Data current as of October 2006. Source: DAFIF.
  2. ^ Airport information for MQF at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Sabetta to become the northernmost international airport". 19 October 2015. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  4. ^ Atle Staalesen (6 March 2017). "World's biggest transport plane lands in Sabetta". Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  5. ^ a b "UTAir begins regular weekly flights to new airport in the Arctic". 26 March 2015. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  6. ^ Atle Staalesen (6 March 2007). "World's biggest transport plane lands in Sabetta". Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  7. ^ Lim Guan Yu (21 March 2017). "Volga-Dnepr's "Cargo Supermarket" supports deugro's logistics project". Retrieved 3 May 2017.