Sochi International Airport
() is an airport located in Adler District
of the resort city of Sochi
, on the coast of the Black Sea
in the federal subject of Krasnodar Krai
The operator of the airport is JSC International, which is part of the aviation holding company Basic Element Aero.
As of 2009, the airport is the ninth largest by passenger count in Russia, serving 1.485 million passengers, including approximately 105,400 international passengers. The airport serves Sochi, Russia's largest resort, as well as the surrounding area, which has a total permanent population of more than 700,000 people.
The original airfield was constructed to protect Russia's Black Sea coast during World War II
; construction took place between 8 July and 1 September 1941, on the site of the liquidated state farm seed Chernomorets
. By order of the Chief of the Office of Civil Aviation, the site became an established airport on 23 November 1945.
In 1956, the first terminal building (now the old building) and the airstrip runway-1 were built. Approximately 35,000 passengers and 1000 tons of cargo passed through the airport in 1957. From 1960 to 1965, passenger and baggage halls, a 200-room hotel, radio navigation and landing systems were all added to the airport as passenger traffic constantly increased. The Order of Red Banner of Labor was awarded to the airport in August 1966 for its high performance.
Passenger traffic went from 902,000 enplanements in 1965 to more than... Read More