The second runway in Minsk National Airport will be commissioned by 1 January 2019, Vladimir Kostin, Director of the Aviation Department of the Belarusian Transport and Communications Ministry told the media.
According to the official, the airport needs another runway because the first one is virtually past its endurance.
“As a rule, such runways are designed to last for 20 years or 25 years at the outside. Ours has been in use for over 30 years now”, Vladimir Kostin said.
At present, the national airport is unable to welcome all types of aircraft. There are limits as to the number of flights and the landing mass of aircraft.
Concrete pouring will begin at the construction site in April. The second runway will be 3.7km long.
In several years Minsk airport might also get a new terminal, the official stated.
“We expect the number of passengers the Minsk National Airport handles every year to rise to 4.1-4.2 million people by 2020. Once it reaches 4-4.5 million passengers per annum, we intend to start the pre-investment feasibility study for building a new terminal”, he said.
The new terminal will be an expansion of the old terminal.
It will be built using modern light structures and materials and is expected to differ from the existing facility, that was constructed during the USSR period when nobody expected the airport to become an international transportation hub.