The reconstruction of the second runway in Ufa completed

Nordwind Boeing-777 at Ufa airport NordWind’s wide-body Boeing 777-200 was the first aircraft to touchdown on the renovated strip :: (Photo by Ufa Airport)

The airport of Ufa, the capital of the Russian Republic of Bashkiria, has brought its second runway back to operation after reconstruction works. Along with the newly built taxiway which allowed the operating aircraft to halve their taxi time, the introduced improvements are expected to increase the gateway’s capacity for the next 15-20 years, airport director Alexander Andreev says.

After being completely resurfaced and reinforced with the armored concrete, the runway received a bearing capacity factor 1.5 times bigger than before. It is now capable of handling aircraft like Boeing 747, Boeing 777, Antonov An-124 and Airbus A330 with no limitations including number of landings and takeoffs.

NordWind’s wide-body Boeing 777-200 was the first aircraft to touchdown on the renovated runway.

The runway’s outer shoulders were also reinforced and the edge drains reinstalled. The strip also received a completely new lighting system allowing it to remain operational under almost any meteorological conditions.

The reconstruction works have been conducted within Russia’s Federal Transport System Development Program for 2010-2020.

Ufa airport serviced 1.017 million passengers in January-July 2016 which turned out to be 2.4% less vs. the same period of 2015. Nevertheless this result brought Ufa on the 10th position in the list of Russia’s busiest airports. Currently the airport hosts more than 40 Russian and foreign airlines.

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