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Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport

Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport

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Airport typePublic
OperatorJSC Astana International Airport
ServesNur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
Hub for
Elevation AMSL355 m / 1,165 ft
Coordinates51°01?19?N 071°28?01?E / 51.02194°N 71.46694°E / 51.02194; 71.46694Coordinates: 51°01?19?N 071°28?01?E / 51.02194°N 71.46694°E / 51.02194; 71.46694
TSE/UACC is located in Kazakhstan
Location in Kazakhstan
TSE/UACC is located in Asia
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04/22 3,500 11,483 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passenger change 17-18Increase6.8%
Sources: Airport Statistics
AIP Kazakhstan[1]

Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport (IATA: TSE, ICAO: UACC) (Kazakh: Halyqaralyq Nursultan Nazarbaev Áýeja?y) is an international airport in Kazakhstan located 16.7 km (10.4 mi) southeast of the capital city of Nur-Sultan[1] Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport has capability to receive all types of aircraft without any limits.



  • 1930: The airport was built 3 kilometers away from Akmolinsk city (now - Nur-Sultan). There was a square field for aircraft take-off and landing, adobe 8-room station with a small waiting hall, a two-room house for pilots and fuel storage on the airport territory.
  • 1931: The first airfield of Nur-Sultan (formerly Astana) was built in 1931 on the outskirts of the town and was developed further after World War II. There was a square field for aircraft take-off and landing, adobe 8-room station with a small waiting hall, a two-room house for pilots and fuel storage on the airport territory. The regular air traffic was established between Semipalatinsk and Akmolinsk (day of enterprise establishment). At the water flood period, the aerodrome was closed. Communication between aerodrome and city was by phone, ferry (there was no bridge over Ishim River), by foot path.. In the first few years the air traffic was ad-hoc by character, the timetables used to be as follows "aircraft departure on Monday morning" or "on Wednesday at sunrise". Transportation of passengers, mail and cargo were carried out by aircraft: Kalinin K-4, Kalinin K-5, Polikarpov R-5, Petlyakov Pe-2.

After World War II

  • 1946: In the beginning of 1946 the first group of Po-2 aircraft arrived to Akmolinsk for regular service. The group belonged to Karaganda aviation enterprise. The following routes were opened for passenger and mail transportation: Akmolinsk - Korgalzhyn - Zholymbet - Aksu - Bugumbay - Bestube - Astrakhanka - Balkashino - Blagodatnoe (settlements of Akmolinsk region). Operations division was organized consisting of 2 persons. In 1946 aviation began to render services for the national economy - medical aviation.
  • 1947-1948: The fleet consisting of three Polikarpov Po-2 aircraft was formed at the Akmolinsk airport base. This fleet was part of air group which was based in Karaganda. The airport was equipped with modern equipment (for that days), construction development has started: a Finnish house for radio station, three buildings and a garage were built. The total number of staff amounted to 40 - 50 persons. The airport has begun servicing heavier types of aircraft Lisunov Li-2 in addition to light aircraft.


  • 1951: After extending the runway in May, the Ilyushin Il-12, and later Ilyushin Il-14, landed for the first time.
  • 1954: On the basis of the link, an air squadron was formed. The aircraft fleet was replenished with aircraft Yakovlev Yak-12, Antonov An-2.
  • 1956: Akmolinsk Airport is moving to round-the-clock work.
  • 1959: 09-th of May the United Air Squadron of Akmolinsk was established. In this year aircraft Antonov An-2 was additionally allocated for to United Air Squadron of Akmolinsk, which allowed increasing coverage of local air routes.


  • 1960: 16-th of October Akmolinsk airport became the 3rd class airport
  • 1961: The first own aircraft Lisunov Li-2 were received, which began regular flights by routes: Akmolinsk - Stepnogorsk, Akmolinsk - Kostanay
  • 1963: 04-th of November the airport of Tselinograd (formerly known as - Akmolinsk) accepted the first aircraft IL-18 in new terminal, located 18 km far from the city. Aircraft Ilyushin Il-18 in new terminal, located 18 km far from the city. On December, 1963 aircraft Ilyushin Il-18 began to operate on regular flights. The airport terminal was at a building stage, therefore the adapted 2-storeyed building served as air terminal, where the Air traffic control service has been located
  • 1966: 08-th of February the new air terminal was transferred into operation, and in June of the same year all services of united aviagroup relocated to the new airport. The old airport which exists since 1930, in 1966 was transferred to sport club DOSAAF.
  • 1969: the aircraft park of Tselinograd aviagroup has replenished with the first aircraft Antonov An-24. With reception of aircraft Antonov An-24 the volume of passenger, mail, and cargo transportation has sharply increased. People began to fly to many cities of the former Union on own airpark.



  • 1995: Transaero carried out the first flight on the route Moscow-Astana and became the first foreign airline to open air communication with the future Kazakhstan capital. Flights were carried out until December 15, 2015. The airline was replaced by the national air carrier of Russia - Aeroflot.
  • 1998: historical mark for Akmola (Nur-Sultan) aviators was the change of the capital. Airdrome reconstruction begun and finished in a relatively short time: the runway with artificial covering was extended for about 3500 meters; taxiway and apron were also expanded. Replacements of light system and the radio navigating equipment; the VIP building was constructed, the airport complex was reconstructed. SCAT is the second largest air carrier in Kazakhstan, departing for the first time from Nur-Sultan to Shymkent, has been operating at Nursultan Nazarbayev Airport since 1998. Every day the airline operates flights to such regions of the country as Almaty, Aktau, Aktobe, Pavlodar, Ust-Kamenogorsk and Shymkent, Semey, Taldykorgan, 3 times a week to Taraz, on Tuesdays and Thursdays to Zhezkazgan and Petropavlovsk on Mondays and Saturdays.

Austrian Airlines has become one of the first international airport partners. In September, the first flight to Vienna was made. In 2016, the airline announced the suspension of flights from Nur-Sultan.


Beginning of the implementation of the large-scale project "Reconstruction of the passenger terminal of JSC "International Airport Astana". In the spring-summer navigation, the Pulkovo airline starts flights to Saint Petersburg-Nur-Sultan-Saint Petersburg.

  • 2005: A large-scale international airport reconstruction project has been completed. On February 2, 2005, the grand opening of the new passenger terminal of the airport took place. The terminal area was more than 25 thousand square meters. meters. Number of check-in counters - 24, 2 luggage straps. Currently, the terminal is used to service domestic flights and is called Terminal 2. One of the first foreign partners of the airport was the state-owned airline of the Republic of Uzbekistan Uzbekistan Airways. 13 of 26 years of its existence the airline works with the airport Nursultan Nazarbayev. Flights from Nur-Sultan to sunny Tashkent are carried out 7 times a week on an aircraft of the Airbus 320 type. October 19, 2005, its first flight was launched by Turkish Airlines. Being a successful partner of the capital airport of Kazakhstan, the airline makes daily flights to the largest city of Turkey - Istanbul on Boeing 737-800, and the airline also has tourist charter programs for the seasons. Istanbul has an excellent route system for connecting flights. On November 14, the flight was launched by the first Arab budget air carrier Air Arabia from Astana to Sharjah on a comfortable Airbus 320 airliner.
  • 2006: The flagship carrier of Germany - the airline Lufthansa since March 26, 2006, flies three times a week from Nur-Sultan to the business capital of Germany - Frankfurt, the type of aircraft used by Airbus 330. Frankfurt is also one of the best cities for transplantation on a complex route. April 28 opened flight of UM Air in the direction of Kiev-Astana-Kiev. China Southern Airlines - One of the largest airlines in China, founded more than 26 years ago, has been cooperating with the airport for 12 years. The airline carries out 3 flights a week to the city of Urumqi on Boeing 737-800. The first flight of the airline in direction Urumqi-Nur-Sultan was made on July 24.
  • 2007: On November 28, for the first time in history, the airport met its first millionth passenger. The millionth passenger of the year 2007 was Nurlan Merekenov, who arrived on the flight KC-851 Almaty - Nur-Sultan airline Air Astana. Since July 2007, the Astana Airport has been operated by Malaysia Airports Holding Berhad under the Trust Deed, which aims to improve performance and service levels in accordance with the standards of international airports with a high level of income. Belavia - the Belarusian national airline, in partnership with the capital airport from June 29, 2007 to the present, every day makes flights to Minsk by aircraft of the type Embraer 195, Boeing 737. Airline Russia, a member of the Aeroflot group, has been operating since 2007 from Nursultan Nazarbayev airport. Today, on airliners such as Airbus 320, Airbus 321 four times a week the airline operates flights to the cultural center and to the second largest city of Russia - Saint Petersburg.

Also this year, flights of Novosibirsk Air Enterprise to Novosibirsk, at the time connecting Astana with Siberia, and Kaliningrad Avia to the westernmost point of Russia, Kaliningrad, are opened, providing convenient connecting flights from Kaliningrad to more than sixteen major cities Europe and Russia.

  • 2008: On January 17, the airport was awarded the ICAO category IIIA. Astana Airport is the first airport in Kazakhstan to have such a certificate. It allows you to service aircraft in difficult weather conditions. On April 16, a presentation was held on the occasion of the launch of a Kyrgyz airline flight in the direction Bishkek-Nur-Sultan.
  • 2009: Since May 7, 2009, Nursultan Nazarbayev's airport has been cooperating with the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, Etihad Airways, founded in 2003. Today, the airline flies from the capital of Kazakhstan to the largest of seven emirates and the capital of the UAE - Abu-Dhabi.


  • 2014: The beginning of the implementation of the projects "Reconstruction of the passenger terminal of JSC" International Airport Astana ", as well as "Construction of the Business Aviation Terminal".
  • 2015: The grand opening of the business aviation terminal took place on November 19, 2015. The BAT area is 2,400 square meters, the capacity is 200 passengers per hour. The terminal building housed a lounge bar, a conference hall, rooms for negotiations, convenience for passengers with children, a duty free shop, there are 52 parking spaces for guests. Qazaq Air - a young airline, rapidly developing regional flight network. For today, the airline flies from Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport every day to Almaty, Aktobe, Zhezkazgan, Kostanay, Pavlodar and Shymkent.

October 27, 2015 between the airport Nursultan Nazarbayev and the largest airline of Russia Aeroflot partnerships were concluded, daily flights to one of the centers of connecting complex routes around the world and the capital of the Russian Federation - Moscow began.

Asiana Airlines was one of the new partners of the airport Nursultan Nazarbayev. The presentation of the first flight of the South Korean airline from Astana was carried out on August 8, 2015 in the capital of the Republic of Korea, Seoul. Flydubai - the state budget airline of the United Arab Emirates, began joint activity with the airport Nursultan Nazarbayev on October 27, 2015. To date, three times a week the airline operates flights to Dubai - the tourist center of the Middle East.

  • 2017: Within the framework of Infrastructure Development Program "Nurly Zhol" a new passenger terminal for international flights was built. 47,000 sq. M. The new terminal adds 6 new aircraft parking lots with landing sleeves and 4 bus landing routes to the Airport infrastructure, and also includes a variety of technologies and processes designed to improve the quality of service at the Airport.

A solemn ceremony was held at Astana airport to open a new direction Nur-Sultan-Warsaw. May 30, 2017 Astana Airport welcomes its new partner LOT Polish Airlines, which today made its first flight in the direction of Nur-Sultan-Warsaw. Direct regular communication between Nur-Sultan and Warsaw opens for the first time. Flights are operated 4 times a week in the summer schedule, 3 times a week in the winter schedule on a comfortable Boeing 737-800 airliner. June 01, 2017 Astana Airport solemnly met the board of the new airline with the waterway, among the clients of the airport - Air China, which made its first flight to Beijing-Astana, 70 people arrived on the first flight. Flights are carried out 3 times a week on a comfortable airliner Airbus 320 in the summer schedule, 2 times a week in the winter. June 8, 2017 in the airport of Astana arrived the first flight of Wizzair from Budapest. The new low-cost air carrier Wizzair became the first of the new airlines that was serviced in the new terminal of the T1 airport in the capital. On June 19, a solemn presentation of the first flight of Finnair on the Helsinki-Nur-Sultan-Helsinki route took place. Flights from Nur-Sultan to Helsinki (Finland) were carried out 2 times a week on Mondays and Fridays on a comfortable Airbus-319 airliner. Despite the fact that the flights to Helsinki were planned to be launched only for the period of Expo 2017, the airline continues the program in the summer schedule of 2018, 2019.

  • 2018: In accordance with the published resolution of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan of March 5, 1996, No. 281 "On Approval of the Rules for Assignment of Airports, Ports, Railway Stations, Railway Stations, Metro Stations, Bus Stations, Bus Stations, Physical and Geographical and Other State-Owned Property on the Territory Republic of Kazakhstan, as well as renaming, clarifying and changing the transcription of their names and assigning their own names to state legal entities, judicial bodies with the participation of the state Astana International Airport was renamed into Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport.

In the same year, on November 30, the new T1-Terminal of the International Airport Nursultan Nazarbayev served a 1 millionth passenger. For the period from June 5 to November 30, 2017 Terminal 1 served 1 million people. The honorary commemorative passenger was Alexei Frantsuzov, who flew from Novosibirsk on a flight of KC-218 from Air Astana. The name of the 1-millionth passenger was determined by accident, by holding a lottery.

Two weeks later, December 14, International Airport Nursultan Nazarbayev served a 4-millionth passenger. An honorable commemorative passenger was Seyfulllyn Alisher, who flew from the city of Aktobe with a flight DV 724 from SCAT. An honorable commemorative passenger was Seyfulllyn Alisher, who flew from the city of Aktobe with a flight DV 724 from SCAT. Currently, Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport has the category of the International Civil Aviation Association - IIIA, as well as accepts and serves aircraft of all types, with no takeoff weight limitation - Ilyushin Il-76, Antonov An-124 Ruslan, Boeing 747-400F.


Passenger terminal buildings
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Opened 1 December 1931
Floor area 70 892 m2
Handling capacity 8 200 000
Parking bays 12 (aerobridge)
8 (remote)
T1 - International Terminal
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Opened 31 May 2017
Floor area 47 000 m2
Handling capacity 5 200 000
Parking bays 6 (aerobridge)
4 (remote)
T2 - Domestic Terminal
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Opened 2 February 2005
Floor area 23 892 m2
Handling capacity 3 000 000
Parking bays 6 (aerobridge)
4 (remote)

There are separate terminal buildings for domestic and international flights. Both terminals are adjacent, share a single car park and have a connecting corridor for transit passengers.

T1 - International Terminal

The new international terminal (labelled "T1") opened in June 2017.[2] Plans for the new terminal show 5-6 new departure gates complementing the gates in the previously existing terminal building.[3] Within the framework of Infrastructure Development Program "Nurly Zhol" a new passenger terminal for international flights was built. 47,000 sq. M.

The new terminal adds 6 new aircraft parking lots with landing sleeves and 4 bus landing routes to the Airport infrastructure, and also includes a variety of technologies and processes designed to improve the quality of service at the Airport. Also, the first modern baggage handling system in Kazakhstan has been installed in T1, which complies with the standards of the EU 2020 and can handle up to 1200 pieces of baggage per hour, 50 passport control booths, 27 check-in counters and 4 self-check-in counters.

The new terminal has a public catering area of 1000 square meters, retail outlets occupy 1,300 square meters. For the first time in history, the business hall began functioning. The total capacity is 8.2 million passengers per year, which is more than 2.5 times more than the previous one. The official opening of the new international terminal took place on May 31, 2017 with the participation of the Head of State. June 5, 2017 a new terminal began serving international flights.

T2 - Domestic Terminal

With the opening of the new international terminal, the old terminal (now labelled "T2") is now dedicated to domestic flights. On February 2, 2005, the grand opening of the T2 passenger terminal of the airport took place. The terminal area was more than 25 thousand square meters. meters. Number of check-in counters - 24, 2 luggage straps.

Airlines and destinations


The following airlines operate regular scheduled passenger flights at Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport:

Aeroflot Moscow-Sheremetyevo
Air Astana[4] Aktau, Aktobe, Almaty, Atyrau, Baku, Beijing-Capital, Bishkek, Dubai-International, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Kazan[5], Kyiv-Boryspil, Kostanay, Kyzylorda, London-Heathrow, Moscow-Domodedovo, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Oral, Oskemen, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Pavlodar, Saint Petersburg, Seoul-Incheon, Sharm El Sheikh[6], Shymkent, Taraz, Tashkent, Tbilisi, Tyumen,[5]Ürümqi, Yekaterinburg
Seasonal: Antalya
Air China Beijing-Capital
AtlasGlobal Seasonal: Antalya
Belavia Minsk
Bek Air[7] Aktau, Aktobe, Almaty, Atyrau, Kyzylorda, Oral, Shymkent
Ellinair Seasonal: Thessaloniki
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki [8]
FlyArystan[9] Almaty, Moscow-Zhukovsky (begins 13 December 2019),[10]Pavlodar, Semey, Shymkent, Taraz[11]
flydubai Dubai-International
Georgian Airways Seasonal: Batumi
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw-Chopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Qazaq Air[12] Almaty, Atyrau,[13]Kostanay, Oskemen,[13]Pavlodar,[14]Semey, Shymkent, Taldykorgan
Rossiya Airlines Saint Petersburg
S7 Airlines Moscow Domodedovo (begins 26 May 2019), Novosibirsk[15]
SCAT Airlines[16] Aktau, Aktobe, Almaty, Atyrau, Batumi,[17]Dushanbe,[18]Kostanay,[19]Krasnodar,[20]Mineralnye Vody, Moscow-Vnukovo,[21]Oskemen, Pavlodar, Petropavl, Prague,[22][23]Shymkent, Sochi,[24]Taldykorgan, Taraz, Tokyo-Narita,[25]Ulaanbaatar,[26]Usharal[27]
Seasonal: Antalya[28]
Sunday Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya,[29]Hurghada,[29]Phuket,[30]Sanya,[29]Sharm El Sheikh[29]
Turkish Airlines Istanbul[31]
Uzbekistan Airways Tashkent
Wizz Air Budapest
Zhetysu Taldykorgan



Year Passengers Change on previous year Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport Passenger Totals 2004-2018
2004 496,240[32] Increase024.9%
2005 657,550[33] Increase032.5%
2006 834,299[34]
Increase0 26.9%
2007 1,171,000[34]
Increase0 40.4%
2008 1,316,000[34]
2009 1,309,000[34]
Decrease0 0.5%
2010 1,620,000[34]
Increase0 23.8%
2011 1,984,000[34]
Increase0 22.5%
2012 2,303,143[35] Increase0 16.1%
2013 2,609,431[36] Increase0 13.3%
2014 2,960,181[37] Increase0 13.5%
2015 3,366,560[38] Increase0 13.7%
2016 3,452,714[39] Increase0 2.2%
2017 4,294,145[40] Increase0 24.8%
2018 4,545,373[41] Increase0 6.8%

See also


  1. ^ a b AIP Kazakhstan
  2. ^ "Astana International Airport's new terminal takes the first international flight". Central Asia Aero News. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ "Astana International Airport Kazakhstan". Mabetex. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ "Air Astana - Timetable". Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ a b Liu, Jim (28 February 2018). "Air Astana plans new Russian routes from June 2018". Routesonline. Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ Liu, Jim (28 May 2019). "Air Astana adds Sharm el Sheikh service from June 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved 2019.
  7. ^ "Bek Air - Timetable". Retrieved 2019.
  8. ^ Liu, Jim (21 June 2019). "Finnair S19 Nur-Sultan operations". Routesonline. Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ "FlyArystan - Timetable". Retrieved 2019.
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  12. ^ "Qazaq Air - Timetable". Retrieved 2019.
  13. ^ a b "QAZAQ AIR ? ? ". Qazaq Air. Retrieved 2019.
  14. ^ Liu, Jim (2 November 2017). "Qazaq Air adds Astana - Pavlodar service from Nov 2017". Routesonline. Retrieved 2017.
  15. ^ "New flight launched from Novosibirsk to Nur-Sultan - C.A.A.N". 13 May 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  16. ^ "SCAT Airlines - Timetable". Retrieved 2019.
  17. ^ Liu, Jim (5 February 2019). "SCAT adds Astana - Batumi service from June 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved 2019.
  18. ^ Jim, Liu (7 December 2018). "SCAT schedules Dushanbe launch in Dec 2018". Routesonline. Retrieved 2018.
  19. ^ Liu, Jim. "SCAT further expands Nur-Sultan (Astana) network from June 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved 2019.
  20. ^ Liu, Jim (3 April 2018). "SCAT opens additional Astana - Russia routes in S18". Routesonline. Retrieved 2018.
  21. ^ Liu, Jim (24 June 2019). "SCAT adds Nur-Sultan - Moscow service from July 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved 2019.
  22. ^ Liu, Jim (12 March 2019). "SCAT adds Astana - Prague service from June 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved 2019.
  23. ^ ?indelá?, Jan (7 March 2019). "Praha bude mít p?ímé spojení s Kazachstánem, SCAT Airlines budou létat do Astany".
  24. ^ Liu, Jim (28 February 2018). "SCAT adds seasonal Astana - Sochi from June 2018". Routesonline. Retrieved 2018.
  25. ^ Liu, Jim (24 June 2019). "SCAT adds Nur-Sultan - Tokyo service from July 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved 2019.
  26. ^ Liu, Jim (4 February 2019). "SCAT plans Astana - Ulan Baatar service from June 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved 2019.
  27. ^ Liu, Jim (22 May 2019). "SCAT adds Nur-Sultan - Usharal service from late-May 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved 2019.
  28. ^ Liu, Jim (15 October 2019). "SCAT plans Nur-Sultan - Antalya route in W19".
  29. ^ a b c d "Timetable".
  30. ^ "Flights Availability". 21 March 2018.
  31. ^ Liu, Jim (26 June 2019). "Turkish Airlines expands Nur-Sultan service from July 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved 2019.
  32. ^ ? ? ? ? ? 2015-2016 . 39
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  34. ^ a b c d e f - ? 2006-2011
  35. ^ ? ? ? ? ? 2015-2016 . 39
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  40. ^ ? ? ? ? ? 2015-2016 . 39
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