Sary-Arka Airport

Saryarqa äuejaiy
Airport typePublic
OwnerSky Service LLP
OperatorJSC “Sary-Arka International Airport”
Location24 km (15 mi) SE of Karagandy, Kazakhstan
Hub forAsia Wings (defunct)
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL538 m / 1,765 ft
Coordinates49°40′17″N 073°20′11″E / 49.67139°N 73.33639°E / 49.67139; 73.33639
KGF is located in Kazakhstan
Location in Kazakhstan
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 3,602 11,818 Reinforced Concrete
Passengers301 784
Source: AIP Kazakhstan[1]

Sary-Arka Airport (Kazakh: Saryarqa äuejaiy) (IATA: KGF, ICAO: UAKK) is an International airport which serves the city Karagandy and its satellite town in Kazakhstan. It is located 24 km (15 mi) southeast[1] of the city.


The initial airport was built in 1934, on a site at the edge of the city centre, and moved further out to its current location in 1944. The old terminal building on Shturman Street still stands, now occupied as a bus terminal and a market for car parts.

In 1980 it underwent major reconstructions, including the construction of a new terminal building and the modernization of the runway. This made the landing of heavier aircraft possible, which allowed a gateway to many new destinations in the Soviet Union.

In 1992, the airport was granted international status. It has become an independent joint stock company after the separation from JSC "Karagandaavia" in 1997. It is not related to Saryarka – Steppe and Lakes of Northern Kazakhstan on the World Heritage List.

Sary-Akra Airport is home to the 610th Air Base of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan, one of four fast jet bases in the country[2] with MiG-31s, Su-27s and Su-25s.

The airport is usually used as a staging area, from which the returning crewmembers of the International Space Station are flown to their respective home bases at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, the Johnson Space Center or the European Astronaut Centre following a traditional welcome ceremony upon landing in their Soyuz (spacecraft) capsule.

Airlines and destinations


FlyArystan Aktau, Almaty, Atyrau, Kostanay, Kyzylorda, Moscow–Zhukovsky, Semey, Shymkent
Qazaq AirZhezkazgan[3]
SCAT AirlinesAlmaty, Kyzylorda, Oskemen, Ras Al Khaimah,[4] Türkıstan[5]
Sunday Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya
Zhezkazgan AirZhezkazgan


AirBridgeCargo[6] Hong Kong, Liège, Moscow-Sheremetyevo
Rubystar Airways[7] Chateauroux
SF Airlines Almaty, Yantai


  1. ^ a b AIP Kazakhstan Archived 30 June 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "World Air Forces 2015 pg. 21". Flightglobal Insight. 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Qazaq Air Feb 2023 Network Additions". Aeroroutes. Retrieved 8 February 2023.
  4. ^ "Direct flight to UAE". Retrieved 26 February 2021.
  5. ^ "Запущен новый авиарейс из Караганды в Туркестан". Retrieved 5 August 2021.
  6. ^ - Network retrieved 1 December 2021
  7. ^ "RSB4702 Rubystar Airways Flight Tracking and History 13-May-2020 (KGF / UAKK-CHR / LFLX)".

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