The international airport was opened on the northern outskirts of the second largest and most populous city of Uzbekistan, Samarkand, in the 1980s. In 2022, a new airport complex was built in the form of an open book. Today, Samarkand Airport is able to serve up to 800 people per hour and up to 120 flights per week. Unlike other airports, the terminal can be reached by car, and the building is not surrounded by a fence.
Samarkand International Airport took its first flight after a large-scale reconstruction on March 18, 2022. The cost of the new airport project was almost $ 83 million.
The building of the new terminal is made in the form of an open book symbolizing the main work of scientist Mirzo Ulugbek “Zizhi Jadidi Kuragoniy” (“The New astronomical table of Kuragoni”). The width of the building is 175 m, height — 25 m.
The airport is designed based on the architectural solution of the Turkish Kiklop design and engineering company. The air harbor is operated by the new airline Air Marakanda.
As Transport Minister Ilkhom Makhkamov noted, the opening of such a modern complex is an incredible opportunity for our airline. Firstly, the number of route frequencies and the passenger flow of tourists to our country will increase. Such a hub as Samarkand International Airport will provide high-quality, convenient and fast service for passengers arriving in our country.
The airport is built according to international standards, taking into account the requirements for servicing passengers with limited mobility and is able to serve up to 800 people per hour. According to the results of an independent study conducted by the international aviation consulting company Lufthansa Consulting, the possibility of an increase in annual passenger traffic is projected from 480 thousand to 2 million people.
Today, the airport’s capabilities allow increasing the number of scheduled flights from 40 to 120 per week. The terminal includes 29 check-in counters, 8 boarding gates, 4 telescopic ladders, 10 passport control booths and 6 turnstiles with an automated check-in control system (e-gate) for departing passengers, as well as 15 passport control booths for arrivals.
A new runway with a length of 3,105 meters and a width of 60 meters has been built at the new airport, new taxiways and an apron for 24 aircraft parking lots, energy-saving lighting equipment and a landing system corresponding to the second category of ICAO have been installed.”
By 2030, it is planned to develop a route network here, increasing the number of destinations to 30 or more. For comparison, in 2019 flights from Samarkand airport were operated in five directions. This year, flights will be operated three times a week to Moscow, Istanbul and Tashkent and twice to Almaty and St. Petersburg.
In 2023, it is also planned to open destinations to Sharjah and Krasnoyarsk. The possibility of opening flights to Sochi and Novosibirsk is being considered, depending on demand.