Irkutsk International Airport

The main air harbor for the city of Irkutsk is the Irkutsk International Airport. It is the largest airport in the Eastern Siberian area and is located approximately sixty kilometers from Baikal Lake. Due to beauty and tranquility of Baikal Lake, it is a popular tourist attraction, and the Irkutsk Airport sees many travelers en route to Baikal Lake. The Airport of Irkutsk is a mere eight kilometers from the city center, and is accessible by trolley bus and taxi. It also has many airlines liked to it, such as Siberia Airlines and Angara Airlines.

The Irkursk International Airport handled approximately 1 000 000 passengers a year, as recorded in 2003 and in 2005, 688 170 passengers were recorded. In 2006, the construction of a new passenger terminal got under way and is currently nearing completion. The new terminal will alleviate the load the current international terminal, which was built in 1960, is processing. At present, the international terminal is dealing with international and domestic departures, while a small structure is handling the domestic arrivals. The new terminal will be able to provide travelers with all the luxuries and facilities they are accustomed to.

The Irkutsk Airport is also located in close proximity to the Angara Reservoir, which is the cause of the erratic weather the Airport of Irkutsk endures. The microclimate that is experienced here covers the airport with extremely foggy weather for most the year. The fog is very dangerous for air traffic, as the airstrips are not visible and these bad weather conditions force the Irkutsk Airport to close and divert all air traffic to Bratsk, which serves as a diversion airport to the Irkursk International Airport. Additionally, planes can also be diverted to the Irkut aviation plant runway. Beriev BE-200’s and Sukhoi fighters are produced at this plant.

It is anticipated that due to the weather conditions and airport closures, that there will be strong consideration taken in November 2006, to establish if the Irkutsk International Airport could be relocated to Klyuchevaya. Klyuchevaya is located approximately twenty four kilometers from the Angarsk city. It these plans are approved, and the decision is taken to relocate the Irkutsk Airport, construction is likely to begin in the year 2008.


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