July 03, 2017
Today, Norilsk hosted a meeting on the reconstruction of its Alykel Airport. During the meeting chaired by Sergei Ivanov, Special Presidential Representative for Environmental Protection, Ecology and Transport, the participants noted that the upgrade exercise was perfectly on schedule. Starting September, the airport will be able to accommodate all aircraft types. Later on, during the warm season of 2018, the upgrade will continue to have the remaining part of the runway completed. At that time, all flights will be made with smaller aircrafts, which is the case right now. Starting September 2018, the new runway will be suitable for any type of aircraft without any further limitations.
The Alykel Airport reconstruction project is part of an agreement signed between the Federal Air Transport Agency and Nornickel and has received a total of RUB 9 bn in disbursements from the federal budget under the 2010–2020 Russian Transport Development Programme, a nationwide target programme run by the Russian government. Nornickel, the owner of the airport properties and facilities, is also involved in financing the project, bringing in more than RUB 3.5 bn.
“Renovating an airport runway without suspending the flights is a truly unique project, which has no precedents in Russia. Today, I was very happy to see that the process is ongoing, as it should be, with no disruptions or glitches. Most importantly, the upgrade resulted in no ticket price hikes for Norilsk residents,” said Sergei Ivanov.
According to Head of the Federal Air Transport Agency Alexander Neradko, the project is now halfway through. “Everyone involved in the process, from designers and builders to airline companies and airports of Krasnoyarsk, Igarka, Surgut, Novy Urengoy and Nizhnevartovsk, are doing their part as planned and scheduled. We expect no setbacks in the process and, most importantly, we have successfully prevented an air blockade of the Norilsk Industrial District and its residents,” Mr Neradko said.
“Today, the life of the Norilsk community goes on as usual and virtually unaffected by this large-scale upgrade, with people leaving for vacations, sending their children off to university, etc. We are closely monitoring ticket availability and are committed to meeting the peak demand typical of the summer season. <…> This is the future of Norilsk and the future of our North,” said Viktor Tolokonsky, Governor of the Krasnoyarsk Territory.
“The runway reconstruction is a great example of a public-private partnership,” commented Elena Bezdenezhnykh, Nornickel’s Vice-President – State Secretary and Head of GR. “Jointly with all the stakeholders involved, we set up a response centre to be able to immediately deal with any issues that may arise.”