Turkmenbashy International Airport [1]

Türkmenbaşy halkara howa menzili
Türkmenbaşy şäheriň halkara aeroporty 03.JPG
Airport typePublic
OperatorTurkmenhowayollary Agency[2]
ServesTurkmenbashi, Turkmenistan
LocationTurkmenbashi, Turkmenistan
Focus city forTurkmenistan Airlines
Elevation AMSL283 ft / 86 m
Coordinates40°03′48″N 053°00′26″E / 40.06333°N 53.00722°E / 40.06333; 53.00722
Direction Length Surface
ft m
16R/34L 11,483 3,500 Concrete
16L/34R 8,202 2,500 Concrete
Source: AIP Turkmenistan[3]

Turkmenbashi International Airport (Turkmen: Türkmenbaşy halkara howa menzili[4]) (IATA: KRW, ICAO: UTAK) is an international airport located in the city of Türkmenbaşy, Turkmenistan. It accepts both passenger and cargo flights. It opened in 1959 and is one of the five major[5] international airports in Turkmenistan.


The airport was constructed in the 1950s and was an interceptor aircraft facility for the Soviet Air Force. It initially operated the Sukhoi Su-9 (Fishpot) in the 1960s and 1970s.[6] The regiment replaced it in 1978 with the MiG-23M (Flogger-B).[6] In the 1990s, the Turkmen Air Force took over operation of the military base.

Until 2011, the airfield had the main runway 16/34. The airfield was capable of receiving aircraft of most types, including An-225, An-124 and Il-76 (with partial load), An-22, Tu-154, Boeing-757 and all lighter ones, as well as helicopters of all types.[7] In 2011, the construction of a new runway 16R/34L was completed, its classification number (PCN) is 70/R/A/X/T, dimensions are 3500 × 45 m (cement concrete). The commissioning of the new runway allows the airport to receive aircraft of all types.


Passenger terminal

In April 2010, a new four-story terminal building was opened with a capacity of 800 passengers per hour. In addition to this, a new control tower was put into operation. The airport can now take 7 flights simultaneously while providing international standards of service. The total area of the plot on which the new terminal is located, is about 80 hectares. The neighborhood is landscaped, planted and decorated with fountains. There are also indoor and outdoor parking areas for more than three hundred and eighty cars. At the opening of the International Airport of Turkmenbashy it was visited by President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.[8]

VIP terminal

In the immediate vicinity of the main body of the terminal there is a facility to receive VIP-persons. It is used for VIP charter and business aviation, as well as to receive special flights and departure of delegations of the Government of Turkmenistan and guests of city of Türkmenbaşy. The building has all the facilities for meetings and conferences.

Cargo terminal

In addition to the main terminal there is also an international cargo terminal and a freight transportation service equipped with automated handling.

Airlines and destinations

Belavia Minsk (resumes 25 October 2022)[9]
Turkmenistan Airlines Ashgabat, Daşoguz, Mary
Turkish Airlines Charter: Istanbul[10][11]


Passengers can get to the airport by car either from Turkmenbashi or along the highway from the Avaza resort. There is a free parking in front of the airport.

Turkmenawtoulaglary Agency operates a bus service from airport to Turkmenbashi city and Türkmenbaşy District.[12]


  1. ^ "KRW | Turkmenbashi Airport (TKM)". Airportcodes.io. Retrieved 2022-04-12.
  2. ^ "Общая информация". Caa.gov.tm. 2019-01-29. Retrieved 2022-04-12.
  3. ^ AIP Turkmenistan Archived 2013-03-31 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Natalia (1994-05-30). "Türkmenbaşy halkara howa menzilini". Turkmenbashiairport.gov.tm. Retrieved 2022-04-12.
  5. ^ turkmenportal. "Президент Туркменистана открыл в Керки Международный аэропорт | Политика". Туркменистан, интернет портал о культурной, деловой и развлекательной жизни в Туркменистане (in Russian). Retrieved 2021-09-24.
  6. ^ a b PHASEOUT OF FISHPOT IN APVO STRANYY AIRFIELDS USSR, February 1981, CREST: CIA-RDP81T00380R000100980001-5, Central Intelligence Agency, Washington, DC.
  7. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). aviadocs.net. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 January 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2022.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Новый аэропорт города Туркменбаши принял первые международные рейсы". turkmenistan.ru. 2018-08-25. Archived from the original on 2018-08-25. Retrieved 2021-09-24.
  9. ^ "Belavia Adds Turkmenbashi Service From late-Oct 2022".
  10. ^ "Посольство Турции организует чартерный рейс Туркменбаши-Стамбул | Туризм".
  11. ^ "Турция организовала вывозной рейс из Туркменистана | Туризм".
  12. ^ "Уважаемые пассажиры!".

Coordinates: 40°03′N 53°00′E / 40.050°N 53.000°E / 40.050; 53.000