Mogilev branch of the national unitary enterprise Belaeronavigatsiya started reconstruction and major repairs of runways and apron, the head of the branch Vladimir Nikitin informed.
According to the source, main works are to start in June, and to complete in July. Br 40 bln will be spent by the enterprise for this purpose (last year’s investments from internal funds made up Br13 bln). The runway and the apron will be asphalted and marked. The main contractor is Mogilev road-building trust №3.
At present the load-carrying capacity of the runway’s covering doesn’t meet modern requirements, as it hasn’t been repaired for 35 years. It slows down the progress of the airport, and makes it difficult to provide the security of lettered flights, the majority of which need large runways for airliners, including wide-body aircrafts like Вoeing-747.
“When the project has been implemented, restrictions for landing heavy aircrafts in Mogilev airport will be cancelled, the airport’s infrastructure will be improved and more security for all types of planes will be provided”, Vladimir Nikitin specified. “So far, only planes under 200 tons can land at the airport, while after the reconstruction it will accept the planes under 300 tons and may be even more”, the head of the branch added.
Thus, the airport won’t function in June. It will start operating in July, after having been taking over the works by specialists of “Lenaeroproject” (Saint-Petersburg). At present the airport’s major activities are air navigation and commercial services for transit aircrafts, passengers and freight handling.
Mogilev airport was constructed in 1971, and got the status of the international one in 1998. The length of the runway makes up 2.6 km. The airport has both border and customs control, and can accept aircrafts under 200 tons.