Shymkent International Airport

Halyqaralyq Şymkent Äuejaiy (Kazakh)
Airport typePublic/Military
OperatorJSC "Shymkent International Airport"
Location12.6 km (7.8 mi) NW of Shymkent Railway Station, Kazakhstan
Hub for
Elevation AMSL422 m / 1,385 ft
Coordinates42°21′54″N 069°28′34″E / 42.36500°N 69.47611°E / 42.36500; 69.47611
CIT/UAII is located in Kazakhstan
Location in Kazakhstan
CIT/UAII is located in West and Central Asia
CIT/UAII (West and Central Asia)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 3,300 10,827 Reinforced Concrete
10/28 2,300 7,546 Dirt
06/24 410 1,345 Dirt
Source: AIP Kazakhstan[1]

Shymkent International Airport (Kazakh: Halyqaralyq Şymkent Äuejaiy) (IATA: CIT, ICAO: UAII) is an international airport serving Shymkent, Kazakhstan. It features single passenger terminal and one runway. It serves as a hub for SCAT Airlines.


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The basis for the airport was an agricultural airbase built in 1932. From 1933, it started handling passengers and cargo traffic. In 1963, the airport was relocated to its current location; construction of both the runway and the passenger terminal was finished in 1967.

After a protocol signed in November 2012 by the governments of Kazakhstan and France, French forces withdrawing from Afghanistan received authorization to use Shymkent Airport. Military hardware arriving on French aircraft will then be transported by rail to Europe. France has to fund the creation of the infrastructure necessary for the temporary bond storage and the area needed for higher customs control to ensure the trans-shipment operations in Shymkent Airport. It will also finance the acquisition or the rent of loading vehicles to accelerate wagon loading, construction of 400 m (1,300 ft)[clarification needed] of hard surface road, protection of freight in temporary storage and en route on Kazakhstan's railroad.[2]

In 2014, passenger traffic in this airport reached 440,000 passengers; in 2017, it reached 520,000.

Airlines and destinations


Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo[3]
Air Astana Almaty, Astana
FlyArystanAktau, Aktobe, Almaty, Astana, Atyrau, Delhi,[4] Karagandy, Kostanay, Kutaisi, Oskemen, Pavlodar
flydubai Dubai–International[5]
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
Seasonal: Antalya[6]
Qazaq Air Almaty, Astana, Atyrau, Zhezkazgan[7]
S7 Airlines[8] Seasonal: Novosibirsk[8]
SCAT Airlines Aktau, Almaty, Astana, Istanbul, Kokshetau,[9] Moscow–Vnukovo, Petropavl, Ras Al Khaimah[10]
Sunday Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya, Phuket, Sharm El Sheikh
Ural Airlines Saint Petersburg

Accidents and incidents

1996 Charkhi Dadri mid-air collision: On November 12, 1996, Kazakhstan Airlines Flight 1907, an IL-76TD which took off from Shymkent International Airport collided with Saudia Flight 763, a Boeing 747 which took off from Indira Gandhi International Airport, in the air over Charkhi Dadri, Haryana, India. All 289 passengers and 23 crew on Flight 763, and all 27 passengers and 10 crew on Flight 1907 were killed. A total of 349 people died, making it the deadliest ever mid-air collision involving two aircraft.

See also


  1. ^ AIP Kazakhstan Archived 16 June 2013 at
  2. ^ "French Forces Withdrawing from Afghanistan Authorized to Land in Kazakhstan". The Gazette of Central Asia. Satrapia. 30 December 2012.
  3. ^ "Aeroflot to resume flights to Shymkent". Aeroflot. Retrieved 3 October 2023.
  4. ^ "FLYARYSTAN SCHEDULES DELHI LAUNCH IN LATE-MAY 2023". Aeroroutes. Retrieved 14 April 2023.
  5. ^ "Flydubai expands its network in Kazakhstan to three destinations with the start of flights to Shymkent".
  6. ^ "PEGASUS NS23 NETWORK ADDITIONS – 16APR23". 18 April 2023.
  7. ^ "» QAZAQ AIR: from October 11 from Shymkent to Zhezkazgan you can fly for 15,000 tenge". QAZAQ AIR. Retrieved 3 October 2023.
  8. ^ a b "S7 Airlines flight schedule". S7 Airlines.
  9. ^ "SCAT Aircompany 2Q23 Network Additions". Aeroroutes. Retrieved 10 May 2023.
  10. ^ "Direct flight to UAE". Retrieved 26 February 2021.