GORNO-ALTAISK, Altai Republic, November 9 (Itar-Tass) — The airport of Gorno-Altaisk, the capital of the Altai Republic, reopens here on Wednesday in a ceremonial atmosphere. The airport's runway, extended after reconstrcution from 1,300 metres to 2,300 metres will for thesecond time receive an Airbus-320 airliner from Novosibirsk. The airliner made the first technical flight on Oct 28.
Russian Minister of Transport Igor Levitin, Alexander Neradko, Head of the Federal Air Transport Agency, and Viktor Tolokonsky, plenipotentiary presidential representative in the Siberian Federal District, are expected to attend the airport reopening ceremony.
An overhaul of the air terminal compound was completed during the reconstruction and the adjacent territory has been developed. The airport's passenger traffic capacity has increased from 50 to 200 passenger per hour following the installation of five registration counters and the introduction of a new passenger servicing and luggage handling system. The apron, airaliner parking areas, taxiways, intrafield and patrol roads, and airfield fencing, and light signal equipment have been renewed.
The upgraded runway enables the airport to receive such types of airliners as the Tu-204, Boeing-737, Boeing 757, Airbus-319, and Airbus-320. In January next, it is planned to start direct regular and charter flights to Moscow, St Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod, and other cities.