News week! We released another port. Gagarin Airport is available for MSFS2020!
Due to the need to close the existing Saratov-Tsentralny airport for security reasons, in November 2007, the Ministry of Transport Development of the Saratov Region signed a contract for exploration work to select a site for the construction of a new Saratov airport. As of March 2008, three sites were considered: Svintsovka (Saratov region), Saburovka, Radishchevo (Novoburassky region), at a fork in the Bazarny Karabulak - Volsk road, 50 km from Saratov). In the spring of 2008, a site was selected in Saburovka.
On December 11, 2008, the issue of the airport construction was considered by the Saratov Regional Duma. The dates for the start of design work and construction have been confirmed. The issue of buying out land owned by farmers was resolved.
In October 2009, a story was broadcast on Saratov television, confirming the timing of the construction of the new airport (until 2015).
At the end of June 2011, the Government of the Saratov Region completed the purchase of land for the construction of the airfield.
The winner of the auction for the design of engineering infrastructure and communications was Volgomost OJSC.
On September 28, 2012, a tender was announced for the construction of the first stage of the airport in Saburovka.
On October 10, 2012, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the construction of a new airport in the village. Saburovka. According to the deputy head of the Federal Air Transport Agency Konstantin Makhov, the airport in Saburovka will be ready in two or three years. It was assumed that the new airport, like the existing one, will have the name "Central".
Saratov environmentalists criticized the airport construction project near Saburovka.
In August 2013, it was announced that the project of the new airport was revised to include an air terminal (in the previous project, the air terminal was not provided, and passengers would have to check in at the old airport and then go to Saburovka). In addition, the characteristics of the runway coverage have been changed so that it can accommodate all types of aircraft. At the construction site of the airfield, vegetation was removed, planning and laying of lean concrete on the runway, taxiways and apron was completed, work began on the installation of the airfield fence, laying cable lines, building a patrol road and a control tower.
In September 2013, the media reported that Renova was the main bidder for the construction of the new Saratov airport.
By July 2018, the readiness of the passenger terminal building of the new Saratov airport was 33%, which is in line with the construction schedule. In all areas of passenger service and technological areas, finishing work began . The platform is completely ready.
In September 2018, the laying of the upper layer of the runway (Runway) was continued, laying on the part of the runway that was built before the design change was carried out, previously laying was not performed due to identified problems with the foundation of the runway.
In April 2019, the airport was assigned the GSV code in accordance with Resolution No. 763 adopted by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) conference. The assigned unique code is formed by using the name of the airport and the city of its location: G - Gagarin, SV - SaratoV.
On August 18, 2019, the airport received a technical flight from Moscow.
From August 20, 2019, the airport began full-fledged reception and dispatch of all passenger flights previously served by the Saratov-Tsentralny airport.
For the delivery of passengers, bus (suburban and intercity) and rail services are organized.
In January 2020, in accordance with the decree of the government of the Russian Federation, the airport received the status of a hub, which, according to the text of the decree, will allow it "to expand the route network ..., including with the use of subsidies for flights to airports located on the territory of different constituent entities of the Russian Federation."