Saransk Airport

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Saransk International Airport
Аэропорт Саранск
Saransk airport.jpg
New Terminal constructed in 2018
Airport type Public
Owner Administration of Civil Airports
Location Saransk
Elevation AMSL 676 ft / 206 m
Coordinates 54°7′30″N 045°12′54″E / 54.12500°N 45.21500°E / 54.12500; 45.21500Coordinates: 54°7′30″N 045°12′54″E / 54.12500°N 45.21500°E / 54.12500; 45.21500
Direction Length Surface
ft m
02/20 9,190 2,802 Asphalt

Saransk Airport (Russian: Аэропорт Саранск) (IATA: SKX, ICAO: UWPS) is an international airport in Mordovia, Russia located 7 km southeast of Saransk. It serves small airliners, but has undergone a major renovation in 2017 in time for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.


Since the second half of the 1940s, the Lyambir military airfield was used as an airport. In 1955 a civil airport was built in the city limits, in the area of what is nowadays Gagarin Street.

And in 1960 a new airport was opened in its current place, near the village of Lukhovka, 5 km south-east of Saransk city center. In 1964 a new terminal was built. In 1981, a concrete runway was commissioned, which allowed the airport to accept modern turbojet Tu-134 and Yak-42 aircraft. In 1988, the airport reached its peak: the number of take-offs reached 14 thousand flights a year. Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union the number of flights decreased. The airport was not subject to privatization[1] and is fully owned by the unitary enterprise Administration of Civil Airports (Russian: АГАА).

In 2014, the concept of modernization was defined: the runway extension, the demolition of the existing terminal and its replacement by a new one. In 2015, the airport was given[1] the status of an international airport as part of the preparations for hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which also includes reconstruction of the airport in order to accommodate traffic expected for the World Cup matches that will take place in Saransk. Reconstruction started on January 1, 2017. The runway was extended from 2,801 to 3,221 meters and reinforced with asphalt concrete.[1] The airport is now able to receive such aircraft as Boeing 737 and Airbus A320. Also new taxiways, air traffic control facilities had been built and the apron had been expanded.[2] A new permanent domestic passenger terminal with an area of 7,000 square meters had been built with capacity of 300 passengers per hour.[3] It was designed by FGUP GPI and NII GA Aeroproject (Moscow). In addition a temporary, a temporary international terminal was built, which will increase the capacity to 600 passengers per hour, for the time of the 2018 World Cup, and which will be dismantled after it.[1]

The airport was opened after renovation on February 1, 2018 with the participation of Ministry Russian Minister Transport, Maksim Sokolov.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

S7 AirlinesMoscow-Domodedovo,[5] St Petersburg


Airport located 7 km south-east of the city center.

As of November 2017 there is no public transportation service to/from the airport. Taxi is the only possibility to get from the airport.[6] Taxis do not wait at the airport so if you need to be picked-up it must be booked in advance.


Traffic figures at Saransk Airport[7][8]
Year Passengers
2014 28,800
2015 30,400
2016 31,100
2017 0 (closed for renovations)
2018 TBA


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