Makhachkala International Airport (Uytash) named after twice Hero of the Soviet Union Amet-Khan Sultan - an international airport of federal significance in the city of Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan; the main airport of the republic. Translated from godfather. Uytash - Stone House.
The airport is located 4.5 km from the city of Kaspiysk and 16.2 km from the nearest microdistrict of Makhachkala.
Uytash airport is of the first class, in addition to civil aviation, it is used by the aviation of the FSB of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation.
Dagestan Airlines was based at the airport until December 2011. At present, RusLine Airlines is based at the airport, operating flights to many destinations in Russia and abroad.
The airfield was formed on February 3, 1927 as an "air station" on the Moscow - Kharkov - Rostov - Tiflis route. And in 1932 the Government of the Dagestan Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic began work on the construction of an air terminal. The R-2 was the first aircraft to be operated at the airport.
In 1932, the Government of the Dagestan Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic began work on the construction of an air terminal and a gas storage. The first aircraft operated at the airport was the R-2. At first, there were only 5 aircraft in the airport terminal designed to serve the population of Dagestan. Within 10 years after the opening of the terminal, flights to Kiev, Rostov, Stalingrad, Astrakhan and Kuibyshev were opened.
In 1954, the first An-2 passenger aircraft landed at the airport, and in 1960, a Mi-4 helicopter. This was the beginning of the widespread development of mountain routes. It was the use of An-2 aircraft that made it possible to create the densest network of air lines in the country in Dagestan. During the whole daylight hours, Dagestan pilots carried 800-1000 passengers only on An-2.
At its present location, near the Uytash station, the airport was opened in 1958 after being removed from the old place within the city.
Already at the beginning of the 60s, passenger traffic increased 3 times, the volume of freight traffic - 4 times.
In its present form, the airport was opened at the end of 1963, after the reconstruction of the building of the airport itself and the construction of a hotel at it.
Since May 1971, Makhachkala has received direct flights with Moscow, Volgograd, Rostov, Mineralnye Vody, Kuibyshev, Saratov, Kiev, Shevchenko, Tashkent, Ashgabat, Simferopol, Sochi, Odessa, Baku, Krasnodar, Minsk, Donetsk, Kharkov, Dnepropetrovsk, Penza and other cities of the USSR, An-24 turboprop aircraft began to operate. And after 2 years, passenger flights began to operate on the route Makhachkala-Moscow on Tu-134 aircraft.
In 1985-86 the runway was completely reconstructed and lengthened, which made it possible to increase the volume of passenger traffic due to the reception, maintenance and production of modern long-haul aircraft.
A new stage in the history of aviation development in the republic began in 1993, when the RD government decided to purchase new Tu-154 long-haul aircraft. In a short period, international flights to Istanbul, Jeddah, Sharjah, Frankfurt am Main and Hanover were mastered.
During the anti-terrorist operation in the North Caucasus in 1999, the airport daily received 70 Il-76 and An-22 heavy military aircraft.
After the change of ownership in 2014, a plan was adopted for the reconstruction of the airport. The reconstruction was undertaken by Mostootryad-99 and LB SkyGlobal under the control of the Nafta group. At the first stage of reconstruction in record time, the runway was expanded to 45 meters, and its surface was modernized with the use of special polymer additives that significantly increase the endurance of the asphalt. This is the first time domestic companies have used this technology in Russia.
It was planned to allocate over 2 billion rubles from the federal budget for the reconstruction of the first stage. For the second stage, worth more than 3 billion rubles, the funds were to come from the budget of Dagestan.
By 2017, it is planned to create an air terminal complex "Terminal B-MVL". The project is designed for three years.
In 2016, construction began on a terminal for international flights at Makhachkala airport.
Until 2014, the airport belonged to Dagestan Airlines OJSC. In May 2012, President of Dagestan Magomedsalam Magomedov announced that the republic's authorities intend to include Dagestan Airlines in the list of privatization projects. In June 2014, the airport was sold at an auction for 300 million rubles to the Nafta group controlled by Suleiman Kerimov.
In July 2014, the Makhachkala International Airport Joint Stock Company became the airport operator.
After reconstruction in 2014, the airport has the technical ability to receive such large aircraft as Airbus A318 / 319/320/321, Boeing 737, Boeing 757, Sukhoi Superjet 100, An-148, Tu-134, Tu-154, Tu- 204/214, Yak-40, Yak-42. And from May 3, 2017, it is allowed to receive and release wide-body aircraft. Thus, the air harbor of Dagestan was recognized as suitable for the operation of aircraft Boeing-767-200, Boeing-767-200ER, Boeing-767-300 and Boeing-767-300ER, as well as Airbus A-330-200 and their modifications. Accepts helicopters of all types. Runway Classification Number (PCN) 52 / R / B / W / T.