The Russian city opened its modern airport on August 20.
Saratov is a city of 844,000 inhabitants, located southwest of Russia. During Soviet times it had a great demographic growth and its airport was completely surrounded by the city, which prevents any expansion project.
That is why in 2008, the Saratov Oblast government began projecting a new airport on the outskirts of the city. Construction began in January 2015 on land near the small town of Saburovka, 35 kilometers (22 miles) north of Saratov.
The inauguration was postponed at least 4 times, but finally on August 20 the new Saratov airport entered service.
This is the third airport that was built from scratch after the breakup of the Soviet Union. The other two are Talakan in the city of Yakutia and Platov in Rostov-on-Don, the latter, next to the Saratov airport, make up the list of airports managed by Aeroporty Regionov, the largest airport operating company in Russia.
The new Saratov airport is known as Gagarin and its IATA code is GSV.
- It represents an investment of 20 billion rubles (302 million dollars).
- It will have a terminal of 23,000 square meters.
- The airport will have 3 telescopic jet bridges and the possibility of implementing two more.
- It can serve up to 1 million passengers a year.
- It has platforms to park about 25 planes.
- The Gagarin Saratov airport received ICAO category I.
The airport is reached from the city of Saratov by road, while a railway line will be built in the future.
The airlines have already moved their operations to the Gagarin Saratov airport, offering flights to destinations such as Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi and Surgut.
This airport is the gateway to the city of Saratov and other cities of the homonymous Oblast such as Enguels, Volsk, Balashov, Marks, Balakovo and Pugachev.