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Minsk National Airport

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Airport type  Public
Location  Kastrychnitski
Elevation AMSL  204 m / 669 ft
Address  M2, Minsk, Belarus
Elevation  204 m
Serves  Minsk, Belarus
Hub for  Belavia
Website  airport.by
Code  MSQ
Phone  +375 17 279-13-00
Minsk National Airport
Similar  Central Bus Terminals, Airport Minsk‑1, Uručča, Vilnius

Minsk national airport belarus fly to prague on board embraer 195 by belavia 31 5 2014

Minsk National Airport (IATA: MSQ, ICAO: UMMS), (Belarusian: Нацыянальны аэрапорт Мінск, [natsɨjaˈnalʲnɨ aeraˈport mʲinsk]; Russian: Национальный аэропорт Минск), formerly named Minsk-2 - not to be confused with the now defunct Minsk-1 Airport near downtown Minsk -, is the main international airport in Belarus, located 42 km (26 mi) to the east of the capital Minsk, geographically lying in the territory of Smalyavichy Raion, but administratively being subordinated to Kastrychnitski District of Minsk. The airport serves as hub of the national Belarusian airline Belavia and the cargo carriers TransAVIAexport Airlines and Genex.


Renovated air terminal at minsk national airport

Early years

In 1977 in the environs of the Belarusian capital the building of the new airport "Minsk-2" was begun. In 1979 the new runway 3,640-m-long and 60-m-wide was put into operation. In 1981 the airdrome "Minsk-2" was already able to handle aircraft in 1982 the airport was opened. The first passenger flight was operated on the plane Tupolev Tu-134. 11 years later the airport was completely built. The terminal of the unique architectural project with the carrying capacity – 5,8 million passengers a year was put into operation.

Development since the 1990s

The regular flights began from 1983, in 1990 the passenger traffic reached 2,2 million passengers. But from 1991 the unexpected decrease of the flights began. That took place because of the Soviet Union collapse and other changes caused by this historical event. In 1997 the number of the passengers was 516,000, in 1998 – 480,000, in 2000 – only 400,000 passengers. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union the first million passengers was handled by Minsk National Airport in 2008. Due to the substantial growth in passenger traffic 2008 became a significant mark for the airport.


The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to and from Minsk:

^1 The outbound flight for this service makes an intermediate stop in Budapest. However, Air China does not have fifth freedom rights to transport passengers between Minsk and Budapest.

Ground transportation

Minsk international airport is linked to the capital by the M2 motorway. Bus, train, taxi and parking services are provided.

The airport is served by bus 300Э departing from Centralny bus station every 45 minutes, and takes about one hour. From November 2014 the airport can also be reached by train departing from Minsk Passazhirsky or Smolevichi railway stations, where one can make connections from other Belarus cities and towns.

The airport is located 42 km (26 mi) east of Minsk, and is linked with the city with a toll-free (for non-BY registered cars) highway. Free short term parking is available in front of the terminal.

Incidents and accidents

  • On 1 February 1985 an aircraft Tu-134AK operated by Aeroflot with registration number SSSR-65910 en route to Leningrad Pulkovo airport crashed into the forest shortly after takeoff killing 55 out of 73 passengers and 3 out of 7 crew members on board.
  • On 6 September 2003 an aircraft Tu-154 operated by an Iranian airline Kish Air hit trees in heavy fog as it was on approach en route from Tehran to Copenhagen. None of the 38 passengers and 4 crew members on board were injured.
  • On 26 October 2009, S-Air Flight 9607, operated by BAe 125 RA-02807 crashed on approach to Minsk National Airport. All three crew and both passengers died.
  • References

    Minsk National Airport Wikipedia

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