Shymkent International Airport

Shymkent International Airport
Халықаралық Шымкент Әуежайы
Airport type Public
Operator JSC "Shymkent International Airport"
Serves Shymkent
Location 12.6 km (7.8 mi) NW of Shymkent Railway Station, Kazakhstan
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 422 m / 1,385 ft
Coordinates 42°21′54″N 069°28′34″E / 42.36500°N 69.47611°E / 42.36500; 69.47611Coordinates: 42°21′54″N 069°28′34″E / 42.36500°N 69.47611°E / 42.36500; 69.47611
Location in Kazakhstan
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 3,300 10,827 Reinforced Concrete
10/28 2,300 7,546 Dirt
06/24 410 1,345 Dirt
Source: AIP Kazakhstan[1]

Shymkent International Airport (Kazakh: Halyqaralyq S’ymkent A’yejai’y, حالىقارالىق شىمكەنت أۋەجايى; Russian: Международный Аэропорт Шымкент, Meždunarodnyj Aeroport Šymkent) (IATA: CIT, ICAO: UAII) is an airport serving Shymkent in South Kazakhstan Province, Kazakhstan.

In 2004, the airport handled 97,000 passengers.


The basis for the airport was an agricultural airbase built in 1932. From 1933 it started handling passengers and cargo traffic. In 1963 Shymkent airport was relocated to its current location; construction of both the runway and the passenger terminal were finished in 1967. In 2014, passenger traffic reached 440,000 passengers.

After a protocol signed in November 2012 by the governments of Kazakhstan and France, French forces withdrawing from Afghanistan received authorisation to use Shymkent Airport. Military hardware arriving on French aircraft will then be transported by rail to Europe. France has to fund the creation of the infrastructure necessary for the temporary bond storage and the area needed for higher customs control to ensure the trans-shipment operations in Shymkent Airport. It will also finance the acquisition or the rent of loading vehicles to accelerate wagon loading, construction of 400 m (1,300 ft) of hard surface road, protection of freight in temporary storage and en route on Kazakhstan's railroad.[2]

Airlines and destinations


Aeroflot Moscow-Sheremetyevo[3]
Air AstanaAlmaty, Astana
Bek AirAktau, Almaty, Astana
Qazaq AirAstana, Aktobe, Almaty, Pavlodar
S7 AirlinesNovosibirsk[4]
SCAT AirlinesAktau, Almaty, Astana, Istanbul-Atatürk,[5] Khujand, Kokshetau,[6] Moscow-Vnukovo, Petropavl[7]
SkyBus Seasonal charter: Batumi[8]


Atlas AirReykjavík-Keflavik

See also


  1. AIP Kazakhstan Archived 16 June 2013 at
  2. "French Forces Withdrawing from Afghanistan Authorized to Land in Kazakhstan". The Gazette of Central Asia. Satrapia. 30 December 2012.
  3. L, J (26 October 2015). "AEROFLOT Assumes Transaero Kazakhstan Operation from late-Oct 2015". Airline Route. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  4. "S7 Airlines открывает новый рейс в Казахстан". S7 Airlines. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  5. Liu, Jim (20 June 2018). "SCAT adds Shymkent – Istanbul service from June 2018". Routesonline. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  7. Liu, Jim (9 June 2017). "SCAT adds Petropavlovsk – Shimkent service in S17". Routesonline. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  8. "SkyBus International Airlines". Archived from the original on 25 May 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2016.

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