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Irkutsk International Airport (IATA: IKT, ICAO: UIII) is a federal airport with a Class B airfield, located in Irkutsk on the outskirts of five and a half kilometers from the city center.
The airport is the home of Angara and IrAero airlines, as well as a regional hub airport for S7 Airlines.
Airport near the village of Bokovo
On June 24, 1925, six planes landed in Irkutsk, flying on the route Moscow — Ulaanbaatar — Beijing — Tokyo. The flight was carried out on 4 domestic and 2 foreign planes. The flight was led by Schmidt Isai Pavlovich, Mikhail Gromov was part of the expedition. This event was the beginning of the organized systematic aviation development of Siberia [source not specified 688 days]. The airfield was located near the village of Bokovo and had an initial size of 500x600 steps.
In August 1932, the world's largest Moscow— Vladivostok airway was opened, Irkutsk aviators performed flights on the Irkutsk — Mogocha section.
Hydroaeroport on the Hangar
Since June 1928, a hydroaeroport on the Angara River in the center of modern Irkutsk, near the current Frank-Kamenetsky Street, began its work in Irkutsk. Seaplanes made regular flights to the north of the Irkutsk region and to Yakutia. Aircraft were equipped with floats in summer and skis in winter.
By July 1933, due to inconvenient transport links with the aerostation in the village of Bokovo, located in a swampy area, the main air traffic was transferred to the site near the Red Barracks (the territory of the modern airport).
Since January 1948, regular round—the—clock flights have been operated on domestic air lines: Irkutsk — Moscow, Irkutsk - Bodaibo - Yakutsk. The international status was assigned to the airport on December 30, 1954 by the decree of the Council of Ministers of the USSR.
On September 15, 1956, a Tu-104 jet aircraft landed for the first time at the Irkutsk airfield — on this day, the first passenger airline was opened in the USSR on a Moscow (Vnukovo) — Omsk — Irkutsk jet aircraft.
Since April 4, 1975, flights to Moscow have been operated on a second-generation Tu-154 jet aircraft.
In the period from 1988 to 1989, the basic part of the runway was reconstructed at the airport, and passenger flights on Tu-154 aircraft were carried out from the Belaya military airfield - Irkutsk (B) was indicated in the schedule. Passengers and luggage were checked in at the airport terminals in Irkutsk, and only then passengers were taken by bus to the airbase directly to the aircraft.
As a result of the reorganization of the Irkutsk United Aviation Squadron , enterprises were formed on April 1 , 1992: GUP "Irkutsk Airport" and JSC "Baikal Airline".
On October 28, 1994, Irkutsk Airport received a certificate from the Interstate Aviation Committee and was recognized as suitable for servicing international flights.
On July 14, 2004, the airfield received a certificate for admission to international flights and landing at a minimum of the I-th category of ICAO.
On November 13, 2009 Irkutsk Airport held a spotting session for the first time, becoming the third city in Russia (after Moscow and Novosibirsk). The event has become traditional.