BAKU, Azerbaijan, Dec.5
By Nargiz Sadikhova - Trend:
The airport in Kazakhstan's Kostanay ciy will undergo its first-ever major overhaul, Kostanay region’s Head Arkhimed Mukhambetov said, Trend reports with reference to Kazakh media.
He made the statement during the briefing held in Central Communications Service under the President of Kazakhstan.
According to Mukhambetov, this year a reconstruction of the airport’s runway was implemented. The runway hadn’t been reconstructed in over 40 year.
“Of course inconvenience to residents and guests occurred during the reconstruction. Only Antonov An-24 planes implemented flights. The runway has been re-launched for over a month now. During the reconstruction it was expanded and prolonged so the airport can now receive planes of about 200 tons of weight,” Mukhambetov.
He also added that now the airport implements flights to Nur-Sultan, Moscow, Almaty and Egypt.
“Now we have a goal to reconstruct the terminal itself, which was constructed in 1975. There has been no large-scale reconstruction since then. Currently the area of up to 5,000 square meters does not meet the modern requirements,” Mukhambetov said.
He noted that the project development is underway currently and its draft should be ready by February-March 2020.
“After that we’ll start reconstruction work. The main goal is to increase the passenger traffic. Currently it equals 200 passenger an hour and we wish to increase it to at least 250-300 passengers an hour,” Mukhambetov said.
As a representative of Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Industry and Infrastructural Development told Trend earlier this year, the reconstruction of a passenger terminal of the Kostanay airport of Kazakhstan is planned within the realization of Kazakhstan’s State program for infrastructural development 'Nurly Zhol' for 2015-2019.
As reported then, the capacity of the terminal will grow up to 400 passengers an hour, and the territory of the terminal is to be expanded up to 10,500 square meters. Furthermore, two jet bridges will be used on the territory. The construction work was to be launched in 2020.
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