Ulan-Ude Airport or
Lake Baikal Airport ( ) is an international airport located west of
Airport has one terminal building built in early 1980s with
capacity of 400 passengers per hour. There are customs and border
control points. The airport has served about 150,000 passengers in
In 2006 the airport underwent major runway overhauls costing RUR
330 million (USD 10 million) and another RUR 230 million will be
spent in 2007 (finishing works on taxiways and parking areas) . In
November, 2006, Russian government announced the decision to create
a special economic zone located 170 km away of Ulan-Ude on Baikal
lake shore with plans of upgrading the airport. The plans include
building runway #2, enlarging runway #1 and improving passenger
facilities. These should allow the airport to accommodate 1 million
passengers in 2010.
Incidents and accidents
1981 - crash of an Aeroflot flight. An Ulan-Ude (Mukhino)-bound Il-14, overloaded to almost twice of its possible
weight lost its way and crashed into a mountain on Lake Baikal's Svyatoi Nos peninsula killing all 52 passengers
1988 - Aeroflot flight B-478 L-410 bound for Ulan-Ude (Mukhino)
crashed into a mountain in very bad weather conditions, killing all
15 passengers and crew.
crash of Tu-134 on landing at Ulan-Ude
(Mukhino) on a delivery flight from near-by Vostochny airport.
The aircraft lost a wing and was
then destroyed by fire. The crew escaped through a window. The
crash was caused by pilot error; in conditions of low visibility
the captain landed the plane 300m to the left of the runway.
1995 - Three armed and masked hi-jackers captured Mil Mi-8
, which was being prepared for flight, and
airport technicians. After ten hours of negotiations special
services saved hostages without any fatalities.
2005 - A fire-brigade vehicle hit Sibaviatrans
parked on the tarmac. No one was injured, but the aircraft suffered
Airlines and destinations
Aircraft regularly visiting airport include Airbus A319
, Boeing 737-800
and other types. KC-135
carrying U.S. inspectors on a START mission may be seen. As of 2007
there are no scheduled international destinations. Aero Mongolia flew scheduled service to
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia in 2005,
although in a few months after beginning it was
However there are frequent international cargo
flights which are served by the port. Ulan-Ude aviation plant
generally use Vostochny for helicopter deliveries but sometimes
Mukhino engaged in customs and border procedures with cargo liners
making extremely short 20
kilometer-run from Vostochny to Mukhino.