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    (Wikipedia) - Manas International Airport Manas International Airport Манас эл аралык аэропорту IATA: FRU (БИШ) – ICAO: UCFM Summary Airport type Serves Location Hub for Elevation AMSL Coordinates Website Runways Direction Length Surface ft m
    Joint (Civil and Military)
    Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
    • Air Bishkek
    • Avia Traffic Company
    • Kyrgyzstan Air Company
    2,090 ft / 637 m
    43°03′40.7″N 74°28′39.2″E / 43.061306°N 74.477556°E / 43.061306; 74.477556
    08/26 13,792 4,204 Concrete
    Source: AIP Kyrgyzstan

    Manas International Airport (Kyrgyz: Манас эл аралык аэропорту) (IATA: FRU (БИШ), ICAO: UCFM)(formerly UAFM) is the main international airport in Kyrgyzstan located 25 kilometres (16 mi) north-northwest of the capital Bishkek.

    The airport is operational 24 hours and its ILS system meets ICAO CAT II standards, which enables aircraft operations in low ceiling (30 meters (98 ft)) and visibility (350 meters (1,150 ft)).

    It is also the site of the Transit Center at Manas, formerly known as Manas Air Base, a US Air Force base supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.

    In 2012, the airport handled 1,056,000 passengers.



    The airport was constructed as a replacement for the old Bishkek airport that was located to the south of the city, and named after the Kyrgyz epic hero, Manas, at the suggestion of country''s most prominent writer and intellectual, Chinghiz Aitmatov. The first plane landed at Manas in October 1974, with Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin on board. Aeroflot operated the airport''s first scheduled flight to Moscow-Domodedovo on 4 May 1975.

    When Kyrgyzstan gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, the airport began a slow but steady decline as its infrastructure remained neglected for almost ten years and a sizable aircraft boneyard developed; approximately 60 derelict aircraft from the Soviet era, ranging in size from helicopters to full-sized airliners, were left in mothballs on the airport ramp at the Eastern end of the field.

    With the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom, the United States and its coalition partners immediately sought permission from the Kyrgyz government to use the airport as a military base for operations in Afghanistan. Coalition forces arrived in late December 2001 and immediately the airport saw unprecedented expansion of operations and facilities.The derelict aircraft were rolled into a pasture next to the ramp to make room for coalition aircraft, and large, semi-permanent hangars were constructed to house coalition fighter aircraft. Additionally, a Marsden Matting parking apron was built along the Eastern half of the runway, along with a large cargo depot and several aircraft maintenance facilities. A tent city sprang up across the street from the passenger terminal, housing over 2,000 troops. The American forces christened the site "Ganci Air Base", after New York Fire Department chief Peter J. Ganci, Jr., who was killed in the 11 September terrorist attacks. It was later given the official name of Manas Air Base.

    In 2004, a new parking ramp was added in front of the passenger terminal to make room for larger refueling and transport aircraft such as the KC-135 and C-17.

    Around the same time the Kyrgyz government performed a major expansion and renovation of the passenger terminal, funded in part by the sizable landing fees paid by coalition forces. Several restaurants, gift shops, and barber shops sprang-up in the terminal catering to the deployed troops.

    The airport terminal underwent renovation and redesign in 2007. The contemporary IATA codename FRU originates from the Soviet name of the city of Bishkek called then Frunze.

    Other facilities

    During its existence Kyrgyzstan Airlines had its head office on the airport property. On 2 January 2002 the airline moved its head office to the Kyrgyzstan Airlines Sales Agency building of Manas International Airport. Previously the head office was also on the grounds of the airport.

    Airlines and destinations Airlines Destinations
    Aeroflot Moscow-Sheremetyevo
    Aeroflot operated by Donavia Rostov-on-Don
    Aeroflot operated by Rossiya Saint Petersburg
    Air Astana Almaty, Astana
    Air Bishkek Belgorod, Irkutsk, Istanbul-Atatürk, Kaliningrad, Krasnoyarsk-Yemelyanovo, Moscow-Domodedovo, Novosibirsk, Osh, Seoul-Incheon, Surgut, Ürümqi, Yekaterinburg
    Air Bishkek operated by Sky Bishkek Batken, Isfana, Jalal-Abad, Kazarman, Kerben Tamchy
    Air Kyrgyzstan Belgorod, Delhi, Dubai-International, Dubai-World Central, Dushanbe, Krasnoyarsk-Yemelyanovo, Khujand, Moscow-Domodedovo, Novosibirsk, Osh, Tashkent, Ürümqi, Yekaterinburg
    Avia Traffic Company Almaty, Batken, Dushanbe, Grozny, Jalal-Abad, Karakol, Kazan, Krasnoyarsk-Yemelyanovo, Mashhad, Moscow-Domodedovo, Novosibirsk, Osh, St Petersburg, Surgut, Tashkent, Ürümqi, Yekaterinburg,
    Azerbaijan Airlines Baku (begins 26 October 2014)
    China Southern Ürümqi
    East Air Dushanbe
    flydubai Dubai-International
    Iran Air Tours Mashhad
    Kyrgyzstan Air Company operated by Avia Traffic Company Jalal-Abad
    Pegasus Airlines Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen
    Air Manas operating as Pegasus Asia Chelyabinsk, Krasnoyarsk-Yemelyanovo, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, Moscow-Domodedovo, Osh, Perm
    S7 Airlines Novosibirsk
    Sky Bishkek Batken, Isfana, Jalal-Abad, Kazarman, Kerben, Osh, Khujand, Naryn, Tamchy
    Tajik Air Dushanbe, Khujand
    Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk, Ulaanbaatar
    Ukraine International Airlines Kiev-Boryspil
    Ural Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo, Yekaterinburg
    Uzbekistan Airways Tashkent
    Yakutia Airlines Krasnodar Seasonal: Irkutsk
    Cargo airlines Airlines Destinations
    MNG Airlines Almaty
    Silk Way Airlines Baku, Ürümqi
    Turkish Airlines Cargo Almaty, Delhi, Dhaka, Hong Kong, Istanbul-Atatürk, Seoul-Incheon
    Uzbekistan Airways Navoi
    Incidents and accidents

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