A new international airport has been commissioned in the city of Kerki in the east of Turkmenistan (Lebap region). The opening ceremony was attended by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, members of the government and other leaders.
During the celebration, the head of state inspected the arrangement of the complex, visited the waiting room of the passenger terminal, on the platform and in the CIP hall.
The airport has a capacity of 100 people per hour and is capable of simultaneously receiving two large aircraft and four helicopters. Moreover, its international status is due to its geostrategic location between Uzbekistan from the north and Afghanistan from the south.
The construction of the airport by order of the agency “Turkmen Airlines” was carried out by the domestic private company “Gundogdy”.
The three-storey building of the passenger terminal occupies a total area of over 2.2 thousand square meters. The control tower is 31.7 meters high.
The terminal halls have continuous UV-protective glazing, there is a main lobby with areas for baggage and carry-on luggage, initial screening, ticket offices, an information desk, a buffet with a cafeteria, souvenir and newsstands, a pharmacy, a medical center, and waiting areas for departing passengers and those who accompany them.
Departure hall – storage – is designed for 120 seats. At the disposal of passengers there is a cafeteria, a room for mothers and children, and a prayer room. Upon arrival, passengers will proceed to the baggage claim hall. There is also a CIP service area for delegations and passengers, which is completely autonomous in provision. For people with physical disabilities, there are convenient ramps and ramps, threshold-free crossings.
The terminal is equipped with modern security and service systems, such as video surveillance, card door locking, inspection and baggage handling, automatic fire alarm and extinguishing systems.
The airport’s runway is 2,700 meters long and 45 meters wide; it is equipped with signaling, ornithological, radio engineering and navigation systems.
The area of the airfield itself is about 42.3 thousand square meters. The infrastructure also includes the building of the rescue and fire service, a technical block, a garage for special vehicles, several transformer substations and other auxiliary facilities.
The security system of the airfield complex includes a protective fence around the perimeter. Engineering protection of the territory from flooding, flooding and a system for collecting storm and melt water from the airfield with subsequent purification for use in airport irrigation are provided.
It is expected that the new international airport in the city of Kerki will stimulate the intensification of air cargo and passenger traffic both in the eastern region of the country, where a large industrial cluster is developing, and between neighboring countries.
The expansion of the network of small airports is included in the modernization of the transport system of Turkmenistan, taking into account the growth of its transit potential on an international scale. Following the commissioning of the airport in the city of Kerki, the country, now in the west, is embarking on another infrastructure project in the field of aviation – the construction of an air terminal complex in the village of Jebel in the Balkan Region.
It will also have a capacity of 100 passengers per hour and an international status, as it should play a role in intensifying air traffic and transport connectivity in Central Asia and the Caspian region. An international tender has been announced for the construction of an air terminal in Jebel.