Construction of international airport in Turkmenabat completed

This is the third ground-based civil aviation infrastructure of the international class, built within the framework of the “National Civil Aviation Development Program of Turkmenistan for 2012-2030”. In accordance with this Program, new airports have been commissioned and built in Ashgabat and the regions, the existing airports, terminals, infrastructure facilities are being reconstructed.

The new airport in the administrative center of the Turkmenistan’s eastern region was built by the Gundogdy Economic Society. The airport is located in 13 kilometers from the city in close proximity to the Ashgabat – Turkmenabat highway and the Ashgabat – Kerki railway. Thus, a large transport hub has been established on the territory of the Lebap Region, which will significantly improve the level of servicing the population of the region and expand the capabilities of domestic civil aviation, both as regards international and domestic flights.

The capacity of the new air terminal building is 500 passengers per hour. There are optimally comfortable conditions for waiting, quick check-in and boarding. The following services are available for air travelers: telescopic ladders, information boards, points of international communication, storage rooms, a post office, cozy cafeterias, buffets, a duty-free shop, a CIP-hall, which makes it comfortable to stay at the airport.

The halls for passengers awaiting flight are equipped with comfortable furniture, in some cases with folding chairs equipped with electrical outlets for recharging the phones. In terms of its functionality, the passenger terminal, like the entire Turkmenabat airport facilities, meets the highest international standards. There are mother and child’s rooms, children’s playgrounds, first aid rooms, press kiosks and retailers, ticket offices and pharmacies.

Escalators and elevators provide convenience in moving around a three-story building. The arrival and departure areas are located on different floors of the terminal building, so that the passenger flows do not intersect. Four telescopic gangways will provide air travelers’ direct access from storage tanks to aircraft saloons.

A new runway 3,800 meters long and 65 meters wide is equipped with state-of-the-art ground support facilities, namely light-signal and meteorological systems, the ICAO’s second category landing system, which allows to service aircraft of all types. The airport structure also includes an air traffic control tower, launching control centers, landing systems, light-signal and aeronautical, radio equipment of European companies, as well as aviation technical base offices, various technical services, a cargo terminal with storage facilities designed to handle 200,000 metric tons of cargo per year, a hotel for crews and dozens of other facilities.

The centralized filling station will simultaneously serve several aircraft, acquired modern airfield equipment, built taxiways, aircraft parking spaces and apron. The commissioning of a new international airport in Turkmenabat will contribute to the further dynamic development of domestic aviation, the activation of mutually beneficial trade, economic and humanitarian ties, tourism, and the active integration of Turkmenistan into the world economic relations system.

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