From Kazakhstan Encyclopedia
Aktau Airport (Template:Lang-kk, Template:Lang-ru) is an airport in Aktau, Kazakhstan Template:Airport codes. The airport started operations in 1993 after the collapse of the Soviet Union and bears the name Shevchenko-Central.
Future plans and expansion
In November 1996 the joint stock company "Aktau International Airport" was established. The development of the oil industry in the Caspian region required an increase in freight volumes and a rapid delivery of necessary equipment for the oil industry. This, in turn, led to the need for reconstruction of the airfield and an increase in passenger capacity at the terminal.
In 2007 the airport was given a concession period of 30 years to the ATM Group. The contract includes construction of a new passenger terminal.
The new terminal was completed in 2009. The capacity was 450 passengers per hour and the total area of Template:Convert, including the area occupied by the VIP and CIP halls. The terminal is equipped with electronic and electromechanical systems. These include passenger telescopic ladders, racks of electronic registration, HVAC (heating and cooling system), FIDS (Alert System departures on the electronic scoreboard), X-ray scanners, CCTV, lifts and escalators.
Aerodrome Aktau class B can receive aircraft AN-124, Boeing-747-200, IL-76 and lighter, as well as helicopters of all types.
Airlines and destinations
There are only a few international carriers which fly to Aktau. SCAT airline is based in Aktau. Air Astana operates its flights from Almaty and Astana to Aktau daily, along with 2 weekly Almaty-Aktau-Istanbul flights and return service. From international carriers, the most frequent airline is AZAL (Azerbaijan Airlines) which is operating daily Trans-Caspiy flights to Baku. There are also twice weekly flights operated by SCAT to Moscow Domodedovo. SCAT makes a good regional connection with Russian towns and Caucasus. This includes flights from Aktau to the capital of Georgia; Tbilisi. These are operated 3 times a week and only by SCAT with a CRJ-200. Flights to Kiev have been temporarily suspended.Template:Citation needed