SIMFEROPOL, January 22. /Corr. Alexey Konovalov/. The head of the Crimea Sergey Aksenov promised to do on the Peninsula the largest airport in Simferopol exemplary. In the future, its passenger traffic will reach 8 million people a year. About this Aksenov said at a ceremony in honor of the 80th anniversary of the airport.
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“What has been done in recent years, defies comparison, he said. But still faces many challenges, we plan reconstruction. I am sure that the new complex will serve over 8 million passengers per year. Personally, I have no doubt that the airport of Simferopol will be one of the best airports in the Russian Federation. Make a model airport in the Russian Federation”.
In 2016 it is planned to start in Simferopol, construction of a new airport complex project by Korean architect. In operation it will be launched in 2018. The area of the new complex will comprise more than 60 thousand square meters.
Less than two years after the reunification of the Crimea with Russia Simferopol airport in the top five of the largest air harbors the country, surpassing the airport of Sochi and Krasnodar.
Ahead of Simferopol in the ranking for passenger traffic only three airports in Moscow and one St. Petersburg airport.
In 2015 Simferopol airport handled over 5 million passengers, almost twice as much than the year before. In the summer of 2015 at the airport has made a record 200 takeoffs and landings a day.
The airport of Simferopol was founded by the decree of the Council of people’s Commissars of the Crimean Autonomous SSR from January 21, 1936. The first flight from the airfield in the Crimea was made on 1 may 1936 in Moscow.
In 1957 the staff of the airport of Simferopol among the first to master the operation of Il-12 and Il-14, and in 1960 in Crimea, the first Russian airliner Tu-104.
The peak of development of the Simferopol airport reached the 80-ies and 90-ies of the last century. The maximum volume of air attained in the Soviet era in 1991: during this year carried more than 4 million people per year were performed over 30 thousand flights.