President Inga Korsantia International Airport
| President Inga Korsantia International Airport|
პრეზიდენტი ინგა კორსანტია საერთაშორისო აეროპორტში
prezidenti inga korsantia saertashoriso aeroportshi
|IATA: KLO – ICAO: CVKL|
|Serves||Greater Klow Area|
|Hub for||SAK Varkana|
|Focus city for|| Aeolus|
|Elevation AMSL||70 ft / 21 m|
President Inga Korsantia International Airport (Varkan: პრეზიდენტი ინგა კორსანტია საერთაშორისო აეროპორტში, prezidenti inga korsantia saertashoriso aeroportshi)(IATA: KLO, ICAO: CVKL) also known as Klow International Airport and Vale Airport, located in Vale, 29 km (18 miles) southeast of Klow, is Varkana's busiest international airport by passenger traffic the country, handling 53,821,227 passengers in 2018. The airport features two passenger terminals and two runways and serves as a hub for SAK Varkana.
It is currently one of three airports serving the capital, with the others being Rustavi Airport, 64 km southwest of Klow, and Theodosia Airport right across the Aetolian border some 80 km east of Klow. The airport is named after Varkan late President Inga Korsantia, assassinated on 24 May 1971 during the 1971 coup. The airport features three passenger terminals and two runways and is able to handle wide-body aircraft up to the Aikok A380.
An extensive network of non-stop international flights is operated from Vale Airport by state-owned airline SAK Varkana. With 450 daily flights by the Varkan company, it is the largest operator in the airport, handling 26.4 million passengers in 2017.
- 1 History
- 2 Facilities
- 3 Expansion
- 4 Destinations
- 5 Statistics
- 6 Ground transportation
- 7 Alternative airports
The present airport was opened on 19 April 1927 as a military base for the SD, after two years of construction. After the end of the war the airport opened for civil use in 1948.
Terminal 1 and 2 are connected by a 1.21 km, elevated, two-way automated people mover landside. They are not connected once past security.
The official opening of the central and main pier of what is now Terminal 1, with 11 aircraft stands, was on 9 June 1958. Vale Airport was one of Adonia's first airports with an enclosed pier-based terminal, which allowed passengers to walk under cover to waiting areas near the aircraft (with only a short walk outdoors). Another feature of Vale's new air terminal was its modular design, permitting subsequent, phased expansion. As passenger numbers grew, a circular satellite pier was added to the terminal building. It was connected to the main terminal by Varkana's first automated people mover system. The people mover was subsequently replaced with a walkway and travelators.
Terminal 1 has three concourses, Concourse A, Concourse B and Concourse G.
Construction began on Terminal 2 on land previously earmarked for long-term parking lots in 1970. This was the largest single construction project in Varkana in the 1980s, costing 350 million lari. In 1991 a second aircraft concourse was added to Terminal 2. On 16 May 2005 the new Concourse V opened at a cost of 200 million lari, adding 11 concourse-served aircraft stands. The concourse is linked to Terminal 2's main building by the largest air passenger bridge in Adonia, spanning a taxiway and providing passengers with views of the airport and taxiing aircraft. It features a railway station and Capital Metro station with high speed rail link to Klow Central station.
Vale Airport has a number of air cargo facilities. The largest cargo complex is located on the north side of the airport, beyond the two parallel runways. The airport is one of the largest in terms of cargo in the Mesogean Cooperation Organization, and is the primary connecting point for cargo between the Dinarides and the world. In 2007, Kudir opened up a major operations base at the airport and currently operates a large cargo facility at the airport. Most major passenger airlines use the airport to carry hold cargo on passenger flights, though most cargo is transported by all-cargo airlines.
Terminal 2 expansion (2016-2020)
The Government of Varkana approved in early 2016 a project of expansion of Terminal 2 further north, with another passenger bridge to an area currently occupied by aircraft stands without jet bridges (Concourse Z). Concourse V will also be extended to the east. The extension of the concourses intends to alleviate the high level of congestion on the tarmac and in the airport. Upon completion, Terminal 2 will have twenty new gates for wide-body jets, including eight for the Aikok A380 and EmAe EA-12.
Terminal 3 (2020-2030)
In July 2017, the Government of Varkana announced the construction of a new terminal east of the existing Terminal 2. A new station of the Capital Metro will be located in the terminal, serving both the Red Line and the new Khaki Line. Terminal 3 will be a designated low cost carrier terminal. It will be partly built on the site of the South cargo facilities, which will be destroyed. It will be connected to Terminal 2 via an underground tunnel between Concourse V and Terminal 3's Concourse I. Terminal 3 will feature four new concourses, lettered T, I, K' and L. Costs of the new terminal are estimated at 7 billion lari.
The construction of a third terminal at Vale Airport is part of the 2017-2037 Master Plan developed by the Government of Varkana. Government estimates have put the annual expected passenger flow of Vale Airport for 2035 at 156 million, with an average growth rate of 10%. A potential third and fourth runways are expected to be needed in around 2035 according to government studies, with land acquired for that purpose from the commune of Vale. The runways would essentially be built on reclaimed land from the Bolomos Pond and Lake Bazaleti, to the north of the current airport territory and the cargo facilities.
|Eilsendungen||Blumenaue, Bottrop, Capua, Cartena, Dirranmoticha-Demeksa, Iskhal-Togdheer, Barışehri, Marqash, Palaiochori-Juktas, Senones, Siavoshan-Esfandan, Skopelos, Zuhar|
|Kudir||Huwei-Phokau, Iskhal-Togdheer, Kededuma, Koblenz, Molinsk|
|1||Volisania, Ampuria (Beatriu, Rossinyol, Platja)||2,462,577||7.5%||Mesogäische, SAK Varkana, SAK Volisania, Volisen Fluglinie|
|2||Aetolia, Myra||2,164,483||13.2%||Aeolus, Aeolus Link, Aetolien Fluglinie, SAK Varkana|
|3||Aetolia, Skopelos||1,474,519||7.1%||Aeolus, Aeolus Link, Aetolien Fluglinie, SAK Varkana|
|4||Echia, Capua||1,284,063||12.9%||Aviolinee Echiane, Mesogäische, SAK Echia, SAK Varkana|
|5||Volisania, Vesona||934,820||3.0%||Aerolínia Volisanya, SAK Varkana, SAK Volisania|
|6||Aetolia, Palaiochori (Juktas, Patras)||863,778||1.8%||Aeolus, Aeolus Link, Aetolien Fluglinie, Iremialuft, SAK Varkana|
|7||Aetolia, Lefki||817,664||1.2%||Aeolus, Aetolien Fluglinie, SAK Varkana|
|8||Rutuli, Aquileia||746,112||0.8%||SAK Varkana|
|9||Kotcija, Dyrazz||692,947||4.4%||FlugKotsien, KotorpiLuft, SAK Varkana|
|10||Monsora, Massè||668,017||10.7%||SAK Varkana|
|11||Aetolia, Sozopolis||575,682||8.6%||SAK Varkana|
|12||Kotcija, Kopsi||549,647||8.6%||FlugKotsien, KotorpiLuft, SAK Varkana|
|13||Tortona, Tortona||471,949||8.0%||LAT, SAK Varkana|
|14||Faencia, Mazzarri||445,704||7.0%||SAK Faencia, SAK Varkana|
|15||Meleto, Mazzanta||433,384||5.8%||SAK Meleto, SAK Varkana|
|16||Svaneti, Adygekale||410,601||8.3%||Avia Svaneti, SAK Varkana|
|17||Lagash, Marqash||402,806||1.5%||Lagashien Fluglinie, SAK Varkana|
|18||Volisania, Ratae||389,633||1.5%||SAK Varkana, SAK Volisania|
|19||Echia, Cartena||367,940||1.5%||Aviolinee Echiane, SAK Echia, SAK Varkana|
|20||Volisania, Rotonda||360,902||1.5%||SAK Varkana, SAK Volisania|
|1||Breisland, Koblenz (Hagedorn, Kuhn, Depenbusch)||1,874,781||5.2%||Fliege Breisland, Kontinental, SAK Varkana|
|2||Burawa, Iskhal-Togdheer||1,579,086||7.3%||Dawati, Orientalisch Burawi Fluglinie, SAK Varkana|
|3||Vasaras, Siavoshan-Esfandan||963,133||5.7%||Luftvasaras, SAK Varkana|
|2||Burawa, Mazar||814,915||5.9%||Burawi Mazar Fluglinie, Luft Mazar, SAK Varkana|
|3||Orma, Dirranmoticha-Demeksa||681,814||1.2%||SAK Varkana|
|4||/ Triphylia/Areza, Raph/Areza||650,756||0.9%||SAK Varkana|
|5||Breisland, Jena||638,846||1.2%||SAK Varkana|
|6||Kalinova, Malynogorod||603,173||14.8%||SAK Varkana|
|7||Sarta, Dertosa (Berlanga, Quevedo)||526,248||0.8%||SAK Varkana|
|8||Sakalia, Mizia||512,934||3.6%||Avioliniya Sakalya, SAK Varkana|
|9||Bayara, Castejon||487,844||0.6%||SAK Varkana|
|10||Jarin, Apollonia||440,936||3.2%||SAK Varkana|
|11||Skade, Amundsen-Randvik||374,168||3.2%||SAK Varkana|
|12||Nabia, Santu Iniaciu||339,166||3.2%||SAK Varkana|
|13||Hersatia, Prespiêrs||284,699||3.2%||SAK Varkana|
|14||Jarin, Shimora||218,614||3.2%||SAK Varkana|
|15||Burawa, Lambdia||210,036||3.2%||SAK Varkana|
|16||Daras, Luanjing||191,155||3.2%||SAK Varkana|
|17||Vasaras, Qoltuq||174,368||3.2%||SAK Varkana|
|18||Skade, Asøn-Freyr||172,791||3.2%||SAK Varkana|
|19||Breisland, Cottbus||170,086||3.2%||Luftwürzburg, SAK Varkana|
|20||Vasaras, Arachadzor||159,372||3.2%||SAK Varkana|
|Airlines||Passengers (arriving and departing)|
|SAK Varkana|| |
|Aviolinee Echiane|| |
|SAK Volisania|| |
|Year||Passenger volume||% change||Mesogean Area||% change||International||% change|
Two Capital Metro stations serve the airport, both on the Red Line, namely T’erminali 1 and T’erminali 2. Klow Central is reached non-stop from Terminal 1 in 25 minutes with the Aerostsrap'i special service train, and in 30 minutes from Terminal 2.
The airport includes an MSM station on the MSR Anaklia high-speed line. SARK operates direct MSM services to several Varkan stations from Vale Airport, including Abasha, Anaklia, Gali, Mestia, Zestafoni, Sololaki, Klow, as well as services to Theodosia in Aetolia.
Vale Airport is connected to central Klow by InterCommunal services from the Airport station.
- DSU buses 350 and 351 depart from the coach station next to the railway station to Klow Central station.
- Bus "Fantasy Shuttle" departs from the main terminal for Fantasia Zestafoni.
The ride by taxi from Vale Airport to central Klow takes 25 minutes and costs from 30 to 45 lari, depending on the type of service/car required.