The airport “Smolensk North” became a common aviation base
26.08.2014 The airport “Smolensk North” became a common aviation base
The Prime-Minister Dmitriy Medvedev signed the Decree on the amendments to the list of airdromes of common basing. The airdrome “Smolensk North” was successfully included into the list.
“Smolensk North” was a military airdrome but in October 2009 the 103-d guard aviation regiment of military and transportation aviation named after V. Grizodubova discontinued its existence. The colours were sent to Orenburg, pilots began to work in Tver, Pskov, Taganrog, etc., the Smolensk commandant’s office became responsible for the airdrome infrastructure. In December 2009 the Ministry of Defence agreed to grant the airdrome with the double-purpose status so that it can also be used for civil purposes.
The aerodrome “Smolensk North” has a favourable geographic location which makes it an alternate for Moscow airports (flight time -27 minutes), its runways possess characteristics suitable for Airbus-320. The aviation plant located in Smolensk makes the region attractive for the implementation of various aviation projects