Ekaterinburg Koltsovo Airport (SVX/USSS)

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Ekaterinburg is Russia's fourth largest city (1.3m pop) and the Ural's most important socio-economic centre. The entirely reconstructed airport facilities opened in 2009.

Ekaterinburg is a pivotal transportation point between Europe and Asia.

Major reasons to serve this airport

Due to its geographical position, Ekaterinburg has developed into an important transportation centre and today, it is the third largest transportation hub in Russia after Moscow and St. Petersburg. Its geographical location and its role as a junction of the Trans-Siberian Railway is especially beneficial for the support of trade between South-East Asia and Europe by providing access to Kazakhstan, Mongolia, China and, in the future, with the Korean peninsula and Japan. The establishment of a reliable transport system is essential for the dynamic Ural industry to participate actively in world markets.

Passenger Numbers for Routes of high importance


EUROPE 2013 2012 2013/2012 2011 2012/2011
Paris 17 171 12 484 37,54% 9 891 26.22%
France 21 650 20 650 4,84% 16 046 28.69%
Milan 12 608 11 109 13,49% 6 781 63.83%
Italy 71 716 52 069 37,73% 46 037 13.10%/td>
Switzerland 7 620 6 697 13,78% 4 520 48.16%
Germany 67 485 68 765 -1,86% 52 663 30.58%
USA 15 777 13 912 13,41% 10 938 27.19%
ASIA 2013 2012 2013/2012 2011 2012/2011
China 88 412 88 034 0,43% 73 349 20.02%
ASEAN 206 122 159 202 29,47% 142 347 11.84%
India 35 115 21 495 63,36% 17 601 22.12%
U.A.E. 110 448 93 242 18,45% 60 747 53.49%
2013 2012 2013/2012
Spain 84 666 70 570 19,97%
Thailand 173 801 118 707 46,41%
Greece 118 566 66 240 78,99%
Heraklion 55 333 32 070 72,54%
Rhodes 33 063 12 628 161,82%

Globally recognized as the best CIS airport for marketing: While superb infrastructure is a draw on its own, Koltsovo Airport boasts a robust support policy to help new services take off.

Marketing and other support

  • Airport Marketing: every new route is given one month’s pre and post marketing on airport monitors, landside and terminal billboards, information in Koltsovo’s AviaTerminal Magazine, and banner space on the homepage (if available) of the airport web sitewww.koltsovo.ru
  • PR support: inaugural flights and activities for press, passengers and VIPs
  • Marketing support: statistics and market analysis for new carriers interested in serving the airport.
  • Airport charges incentives developed for the following categories of flights:
  • Koltsovo Aiport was distinguished with the 2012 World Routes Airport Marketing Award – CIS.

A valuable, underexploited catchment of increasingly prosperous and mobile Russians fed from several major cities.

Catchment Area

  • Catchment area I (Sverdlovsk Region):
    • 4.4 million inhabitants
  • Catchment Area II:
    • Radius max 500 km
    • 11.2 million inhabitants.
    • Inclusive of the airports of Perm, Ufa, Chelyabinsk and Tyumen.
  • Catchment Area III & IV:
    • Radius up to 1 400 km
    • 20 million inhabitants
    • Inclusive of the airports of Kazan, Cheboksary, Khanty-Mansiysk, Surgut, Syktyvkar, Samara, Omsk within Catchment Area III.
    • Inclusive of the airports of Nadym, Novy Urengoi, Nizhnevartovsk, Norilsk within Catchment Area IV.

The Statue of Liberty was assembled from iron produced at Nizhniy Tagil, north of Ekaterinburg. Today, the region's largest industries remain machine building and metallurgy, producing much of the equipment used in Western Siberia's gas and oil industries. The first 17,000 square metre phase of a new cargo village opens in 2012.

Freight opportunities

  • Due to its geographical site Ekaterinburg has developed into an important transportation centre and today it is the third largest transportation hub in Russia after Moscow and St. Petersburg. The geographical location supports the region’s high potential as a transportation centre, especially given the increasing exchange of goods between South-East Asia and Europe. The most important international central transport corridor connects the Sverdlovsk Region with Western Europe and the regions of South-East Asia with access to Kazakhstan, Mongolia, China, and in the future also the Korean peninsula and Japan. The basis of the corridor is the Trans-Siberian Railway. The establishment of a reliable transport system allows for the dynamic Ural industry to participate actively in the process of integration with world markets.
  • In 2011, Koltsovo Airport handled 24 890.44 tonnes of cargo, which represented an increase of 8.9% compared to the previous year. Amsterdam, Maastricht, Hong Kong, Istanbul, and Fujairah are the main international cargo O&D. The main cargo carriers at the airport are AirBridgeCargo Airlines and MNG Cargo.
  • The first phase of construction of a new air cargo logistics village was completed, and in July 2012 the largest cargo terminal (17,000 sq.m) in the Ural Region to handle air cargo was opened. Another 22,000 square metres of buildings and structures will be constructed in 2018–22.  The aim of the new air cargo village is to deliver world class facilities and service levels for air cargo handling and air cargo operations, in order to support the development and growth of air freight in Russia and the Ural Region, and support Ekaterinburg as a regional base for international and domestic air freight.

The new modern airport is connected to the city by 8-lane highway and rail links. Facilities include a 4-star hotel.


  • Situated on the eastern side of the Ural mountain range, Ekaterinburg as the fourth largest Russian city is the most important inter-regional center of economic and social development and the attraction for the huge area of the Ural Region.
  • Ekaterinburg Koltsovo Airport (SVX) is located around 17 kilometers south-east of downtown Ekaterinburg. The airport is connected by an 8-lanes motorway with the city. From the bus station Koltsovo Airport people can use busses, shuttles or taxis to get to the city center and to surrounding areas. A railroad platform was launched in October 2008 which connects the airport four times a day with Ekaterinburg city. A trip by car or by train from the city center to the airport takes about 20-30 minutes.

A valuable, underexploited catchment of increasingly prosperous and mobile Russians fed from several major cities.

Infrastructure & Operations

  • Two Runways:
    • Runway 08L/26R; Class B, 3004 x 45 m; 101/F/D/W/T
    • Runway 08R/26L; Class B, 3026 x 53 m, 46/R/B/W/T incl. turn pads
  • Slot Coordinated?: Not yet. Contact: skdl.svx1@koltsovo.ru
  • Operating hours: 24
  • Terminals
    • 1 International Terminal
    • 1 Domestic Terminal
    • 1 VIP Facility
    • In 2005 old terminal buildings were demolished to make way to new passenger terminal facilities (construction completion – mid 2009). Constructed in an identical style, the international and domestic terminals now form one large structure. Overall terminal capacity – 8 million passengers.
    • In 2006, the 1954 terminal was refurbished and transformed into a dedicated VIP facility, with a luxurious modern interior.
  • Min. connect time:
    • Domestic-Domestic 1 hour
    • Domestic-International (and v.v) 2 hours
    • International-International 1.5 hours

Important infrastructure developments and/or other news

Koltsovo's new state-of-the-art cargo facilities will be constructed in two phases, by 2022 reaching an entire 39,000 sqm of indoor space.

New Air Cargo Logistics Village

  • Total cargo village area: 197,000 sqm
  • Indoor space: 39,000 sqm
  • The project is phased:
    • Phase 1: 2011-2012 – 17,000 sqm – completed
    • Phase 2: 2018-2022 – 22,000 sqm
  • The first development phase of the cargo area includes truck parking, cargo terminal, office buildings, customs facility, control post and the GSE storage area.

Vital statistics

Passenger numbers (2013)

  • Total Passengers: 4 293 002 (13.5% increase compared to 2012), of which:
    • International PAX: 2 130 684
    • Domestic PAX: 2 162 318
  • Passenger Traffic:
    • International 49.63% ;
    • Domestic 50.37%;

Freight and mail (2013)

  • 24 550 tons

Main carriers, 2013

  • Ural airlines (U6) – 30,3 per cent
  • Aeroflot (SU) – 11,3 per cent
  • Transaero (UN) – 10,1 per cent
  • UTair (UT) – 7,7 per cent
  • S7 airlines (S7) – 7 per cent