EHHO From Netherlands, joined Dec 2005, 815 posts, RR: 7 Posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5162 times:
A strange article appeared in today's issue of the respected liberal Russian daily Kommersant, quoting plans to build a new airport in Irkutsk, outside the city limits. As known, IKT is well within the city limits, and its proximity to residential areas caused 45 victims in 1997 when a Russian military An-124 crasehd into a housing complex.
However, IKT is not experiencing any capacity shortages at all - it actually has a capacity surplus, and is quoted to undeperform in growth compared to other major Siberian airports. The costs are estimated at around $1 billion, to be shared by public and private interests. The city's administration say that this proposal has nothing to do with this weekends crash of the S7 A310, killing 124.