Uzhhorod International Airport

Міжнародний аеропорт "Ужгород"
Uzhhorod Airport 2010 2.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerZakarpattia Regional State Administration[1]
OperatorGovernment
ServesUzhhorod, Zakarpattia Oblast, Ukraine
Elevation AMSL383 ft / 117 m
Coordinates48°38′03″N 22°15′48″E / 48.63417°N 22.26333°E / 48.63417; 22.26333
Map
UDJ is located in Zakarpattia Oblast
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Location of airport in Ukraine
UDJ is located in Ukraine
UDJ
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UDJ (Ukraine)
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 2,038 6,686 Asphalt
Statistics (2019)
PassengersIncrease2,782[2]

Uzhhorod International Airport, (Ukrainian: Міжнародний аеропорт «Ужгород»; Slovak: Medzinárodné letisko "Užhorod") (IATA: UDJ, ICAO: UKLU) is an international airport located in the city of Uzhhorod, in the western Ukrainian province of Zakarpattia. The airport is situated in the westernmost part of the city, in the Chervenytsia district at 145, Sobranetska Street.

It is a small airport, serving Uzhhorod and the whole oblast. The airport's runway begins 90 meters from the Ukrainian-Slovak international border, so planes must use Slovak airspace for some take-offs and landings under special treaty.[3][4]

On 24 February 2022, Ukraine closed airspace to civilian flights due to Russian invasion of Ukraine.[5]

History

The airport was not operational from 2016 (except for several months in 2019 when Motor Sich Airlines tried to operate flights) until June 2021.[6][7][3] At the end of 2018, the airport received a certificate from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).[3] On 15 March 2019, the airport resumed servicing regular flights.[3] On 24 September 2020, Slovakia and Ukraine signed an agreement on the above-mentioned special treaty.[3][8] Windrose Airlines performed the first regular flight on the route Kyiv - Uzhhorod on 2 June 2021.[6] On 9 September 2021 the airport became fully operational.[9] Until then, flights were carried out according to the so-called visual flight rules.[9] All civilian flights were stopped during the Russian invasion of 2022. If Russia was to target the airport using missiles with bad precision, a missile countries accidentally land on Slovak territory. This means that Russia would be bombing an EU or NATO member. [10]

Airlines and destinations

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter services to and from Uzhhorod International Airport.

As of 24 February 2022, all passenger flights have been suspended indefinitely.[11]

AirlinesDestinations
Windrose Airlines Kyiv–Boryspil[6][9]

Statistics

Annual passenger traffic at UDJ airport. See Wikidata query.
Year Total passengers Change from previous year
2011 10,000
2013 14,750 Increase 47%
2014 12,000 Decrease 18.6%
2015 5,038[12] Decrease 58%
2016 1,404[12] Decrease 72.1%
2017 182[13] Decrease 87%
2018 250[14] Increase 37%
2019 2,782[2] Increase 441.24%

See also

References

  1. ^ "Zakarpatske oblasne komunalne pirdpyiemstvo "Mizharodnyi Aeroport Uzhhorod (Zakarpattia regional communal enterprise "Uzhhorod International Airport")" (in Ukrainian). 2 May 2018. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Пассажиропоток аэропортов Украины — 2019".
  3. ^ a b c d e Flights to resume at Uzhgorod Airport as Ukraine, Slovakia reportedly settle border issues, UNIAN (19 August 2020)
  4. ^ Аеропорт "Ужгород" має всі умови для функціонування у звичному режимі (in Ukrainian). 16 June 2016. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  5. ^ "[1]." Reuters. Retrieved on February 24, 2022. "Ukraine closes airspace to civilian flights amid Russian military action."
  6. ^ a b c (in Ukrainian) Uzhhorod Airport resumed flights after a two-year break, Lb.ua [uk] (2 June 2021)
  7. ^ (in Ukrainian) News of day: gas prices, mistakenly charged fines, airport in Uzhgorod, Ukrayinska Pravda (15 March 2019)
  8. ^ (in Ukrainian) Ukraine and Slovakia sign agreement to unblock Uzhhorod airport, Ukrayinska Pravda (24 September 2020)
  9. ^ a b c (in Ukrainian) Uzhhorod Airport will be fully operational in September, Ukrayinska Pravda (31 May 2021)
  10. ^ "Uzhhorod is now the most sensitive Airport in Ukraine as it literally touches Slovakia, a NATO country". 24 March 2022.
  11. ^ "Ukraine airspace closed to civilian flights". www.bbc.com. 24 February 2022.
  12. ^ a b "Пассажиропоток аэропорта Ужгород из-за прекращения регулярных рейсов упал в 3,5 раза". cfts.org.ua. Retrieved 2017-02-09.
  13. ^ "Аэропорт Ужгород в 2017 году обслужил всего 182 пассажира". cfts.org.ua. Retrieved 2017-01-27.
  14. ^ "Пассажиропоток аэропортов Украины — 2018".

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