Minsk National Airport
Natsional'nyy aeroport Minsk
|Opened||July 1, 1983|
|Time zone||EEST (UTC+03:00)|
|Elevation AMSL||204 m / 669 ft|
Sources: ACI's 2014 World Airport Traffic Report.
Minsk National Airport (formerly known as Minsk-2) (IATA: MSQ, ICAO: UMMS) (Belarusian: , [nats?ja'nal?n? aera'port m?insk]; Russian: ) is the main international airport in Belarus, located 42 km (26 mi) to the east of the capital Minsk, geographically lying in the territory of Smalyavichy Raion but administratively being subordinated to Kastrychnitski District of Minsk. The airport serves as hub of the Belarusian flag carrier Belavia and the cargo carriers TransAVIAexport Airlines, Genex and Rubystar Airways.
Construction of Minsk-2 airport began in 1977. In 1979, a new runway 3,640-m-long and 60-m-wide became operational. By 1981 the aerodrome «Minsk-2» was able to handle aircraft and the airport opened in 1982. The first passenger flight was operated with a Tupolev Tu-134.
On 1 July 1983, «The Second Joint Aviation Division of Minsk» was established in accordance with the decision of the Ministry of Civil Aviation of USSR. This date is considered as the airport foundation day.
Regular flights began in 1983; by 1990 passenger traffic reached 2.2 million passengers. From 1991, the number of flights began to decline due to the dissolution of the Soviet Union and other consequent changes. By 1997, the number of the passengers was 516,000, in 1998 - 480,000, in 2000 - only 400,000 passengers. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the first million passengers was handled by Minsk National Airport in 2008. Due to the substantial growth in passenger traffic, 2008 became a significant mark for the airport.
The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to and from Minsk:
|Belavia|| Almaty, Amsterdam, Baku, Barcelona, Batumi, Beirut, Belgrade, Berlin-Brandenburg, Budapest, Charleroi, Chi?in?u, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hanover, Helsinki, Istanbul, Kaliningrad, Kazan, Kharkiv, Krasnodar, Kyiv-Boryspil, Kyiv-Zhuliany, Larnaca, London-Gatwick, Lviv, Milan-Malpensa, Moscow-Domodedovo, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Moscow-Zhukovsky, Munich, Nizhny Novgorod, Nur-Sultan, Odessa, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Prague, Riga, Rome-Fiumicino, Rostov-on-Don, Saint Petersburg, Sochi, Stockholm-Arlanda, Tallinn, Tashkent,Tbilisi, Tel Aviv, Vienna,Vilnius, Voronezh, Warsaw-Chopin, Yerevan |
Seasonal: Aktau,Ashgabat, Karagandy, Kostanay, Manchester, Palanga, Pavlodar, Reus
Seasonal charter: Antalya,Bodrum,Burgas,Catania,Dalaman,Dubai-Al Maktoum,Heraklion,Hurghada,?zmir,Kavala,Patras,Rhodes,Rimini,Sharm El Sheikh,Thessaloniki,Tirana,Tivat, Varna
|Etihad Airways||Abu Dhabi|
|LOT Polish Airlines||Warsaw-Chopin|
|Motor Sich Airlines||Zaporizhzhia|
|Utair|| Moscow-Vnukovo |
Notes: ^1 : Air China's flight from Beijing to Budapest stops in Minsk, but the flight from Budapest back to Beijing is nonstop. Air China does not have local traffic rights for the Minsk - Budapest sector.
|Turkish Cargo||Istanbul-Atatürk, Vienna|
|Passengers||Change from previous year||Aircraft operations||Change from previous year||Cargo
|Change from previous year|
|Source: Airports Council International. World Airport Traffic Reports|
(Years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014);
Official website (Years 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018).
The airport is located 42 km (26 mi) east of Minsk, and is linked with the city with a toll-free (for non-BY registered cars) highway. Free short term parking is available in front of the terminal. Minsk National Airport is linked to the capital by the M2 motorway. Bus, train, taxi and parking services are provided. The airport is served by buses 300? and 173? departing from Centralny bus station.
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