Kemerovo International Airport (International Airport of Kemerovo) (IATA: KEJ, ICAO: UNEE). also known as Alexey Leonov Airport, is one of the two major airports in Kemerovo Oblast (Kemerovskaya oblast), Russia, Southwestern Siberia located 10 km southeast of Kemerovo. It is a civilian airfield service, medium-sized airliners, but large enough to be used for military purposes.
It's started work in 1960. Initially, the flights were carried out by IL-18 from September 15, 1962 until the end of the 1970s.
Since the mid-1970s, non-stop flights on Tu-154 aircraft have started on the routes Kemerovo-Moscow, Kemerovo-Sochi and others.
In the 1980-1990s, flights from the Kemerovo Airport were carried out in the following directions: Moscow, Sochi, Krasnodar, Mineralnye Vody, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Norilsk, Nizhnevartovsk, Magadan, Irkutsk, Rostov-on-Don, Krasnoyarsk (Emelyanovo), Novosibirsk, Novokuznetsk, Biysk, Abakan, Bratsk and others.
In the early 1990s, the authorities of the Kemerovo region began reconstruction of the Kemerovo airport to give it international status. For this purpose, the construction of a new runway, capable of receiving wide-body international-class airliners, was started, in 1995 a separate terminal for international flights was built. Scheduled regular international flights to Beijing, Istanbul and others. However, in 1997, with the replacement of the governor of the Kemerovo region, the construction of the strip was frozen at the stage of readiness of 60%. In early 1999, the construction was restarted, and in December 2001 a new 3200-meter runway was solemnly opened, the airport was able to receive IL-96 and Boeing-747 aircraft and was given the status of an international one. At the same time, WFP was transferred to federal ownership on account of the debt of the Kemerovo Region to the federal government for 830 million rubles, in March 2002, similarly for the debts of 327 million rubles, the building of an international terminal with the area of 4000 m² and some other facilities were transferred to federal ownership. Back in the 1990s, the APPA-4 auto trailer was used as an apron bus, later rented buses from Kemerovo PATP-3, and in 2006, a special airport bus LAZ AX183 "AeroLAZ" entered the Gubernatorial program "Transport". Before the financial crisis of 2008-2009, within the framework of tourism development in the region, it was planned to establish a regional airline on the basis of Kemerovo International Airport using IL-114 aircraft. Regular flights to Krasnoyarsk, Yekaterinburg, Alma-Ata, Tashkent, Gorno-Altaisk, as well as the development of local airlines were planned.
In the spring of 2012, only two internal flights to Moscow were present in the schedule: Aeroflot (Sheremetyevo) and S7 (Domodedovo). At the same time, during the period 1996 / 97-2003, considerable financing was invested in airport modernization (reconstruction of the runway, construction of an international airline terminal).
In 2011-2012, the Governor of the Kemerovo Region, AG Tuleev, repeatedly appealed to the Federal Antimonopoly Service with a request to verify the legality of certain aspects in the activities of the airport. According to A. Tuleyev from the Kemerovo airport too high cost of tariffs. In particular, according to the governor of the region, Aeroflot, as well as S7, illegally raises tariffs for air transportation.
In December 2012, Kemerovo International Airport was renamed to Kemerovo International Airport named after Aleksey Leonovich. In August 2013, Cessna-208 planes began to fly to Tolmachyovo by TomskAvia. In 2016, a direct flight to St. Petersburg was launched
The new owners propose to divide the capital reconstruction of the air harbor of the regional capital into stages. The reconstruction of both terminals and their connection with the installation of telescopic ladders is planned. In 2017-2018 years. the design will be completed, the communications and the station square will be put in order. The basic construction works will be for the period from 2019 to 2021.
By 2020, the owners of the Kemerovo airport are also planning to expand the platform by 2.5 times. There will be 27 parking places for air transport, which will allow three air operations per hour.
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