Russian airport management company acquires Novy Urengoy

Novy Urengoy will be thoroughly renovated The airport will be let to the investor for 30 years (Novy Urengoy Airport)

Urengoyaeroinvest, a part of Russia’s largest airport management company Airports of Regions, has won the contract to renovate Novy Urengoy airport. As per the terms of the tender called by the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area administration, the airport is to be overhauled within three and a half years. The same contract calls for the terminal and associated structures to be leased to the investor for 30 years, and then to be returned to the region.
The second bidder was Novosibirsk International Airport, a subsidiary of Novaport. The contract was awarded to Airports of Region because the latter gave up on a runway renovation grant worth 2 billion rubles ($35.3 million) and decided instead to bankroll the repairs from its own budget. Novaport’s subsidiary had asked under 2 billion rubles in federal budget funding for the job.

The region’s deputy governor Dmitry Artyukhov said the deal will have the airport’s passenger service space increased 2.5 times more than originally planned, from the originally designed 3,750 sq.m to 8,900 sq.m.

The call for bids to renovate Novy Urengoy airport was published at the end of July 2017. The winning bidder was to build a new terminal, overhaul the runway, install jet bridges, and construct a parking lot for 150 vehicles. The airport would thus have its throughput capacity boosted to 800 passengers per hour, from today’s 150 to 200, and would be able to handle all types of medium-haul aircraft. The renovation works are due to begin before the end of 2018.

Should passenger traffic at Novy Urengoy reach 1.45 million per year, there are plans for a second phase of the overhaul program. That includes the construction of an international terminal, further improvements to the existing facilities in order to increase passenger traffic to 1,200 persons per hour, and extending the runway to 3 km.

Novy Urengoy ranked 26th among the Russian airports in 2016, welcoming 896,600 passengers (up from 29th position the year before).Airports of Regions currently operates the airports of Yekaterinburg, Samara, Nizhny Novgorod, and Rostov-on-Don. In August 2017, the company won a redevelopment contract for Yelizovo airport in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, where it committed to building, and subsequently running, a passenger terminal and two other facilities. The losing bidder was, once again, Novaport.

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