6 Empty Haven Of Karaganda

Empty Haven Of Karaganda

Posted on March 16, 2012 by


Sary-Arka Airport is located 20 kilometers south of the city of Karaganda, Kazakhstan. It is the largest and, perhaps, the most beautiful airport in the country which has just one problem – it has extremely low air passenger traffic. Let’s try to find out why.

The airport was built in 1934, and moved to its current location after 10 years.

In 1992 the airport was granted an international status. It has become an independent joint stock company after separation from JSC “Karagandaavia” in 1997.

Its total area is 30,000 m2.

In 1980 the airport underwent major reconstruction, including construction of a new terminal building and modernization of its runway. This made landing of heavier aircraft possible and opened the door to many new destinations of the Soviet Union.

Its “star ceiling” is one of the most remarkable peculiarities of the airport.

This is the way the ceiling looks like in the nighttime.

This vintage chandelier was custom-made in Simferopol.

It still looks pretty stylish.

These rarity Moskvich 408 and VAZ 2101 are exposed on the second floor.

The inscription of this car says, “This car depicts the victory in World War II, namely its two main militant centers – the victorious Kremlin and the defeated Reichstag…”

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6 Responses to “Empty Haven Of Karaganda”

  1. Io says:

    Mmmm…
    Here, in Spain, we have some new “ghost airports” too. For example, the airport of Huesca, had only 21 passengers in last year; the airport of Logroño, 48 passengers…
    No only in Kazakhstan politics men have wasted lots of money in pharaonic and unnecessary buildings.
    But crisis is the fault of capitalism.

  2. Robert says:

    now marketing, marketing, first free reciprocal visa to everybody, no letter invitation no more burocratic papers for the tourists, and more marketing around the world even nobody knows the name of this country Kaza what??

  3. Korky Bucek says:

    Kazakhstan, the jewel of Central Asia; the worlds greatest exporter of potassium.

  4. Mercal says:

    Another ex-Soviet country that blames western countries because they do not want to adopt modern capitalist economies.

  5. DouglasU says:

    its an airport that lands you in the middle of NOWHERE.

  6. Bobble Hat says:

    Looking on Google Earth, you can see the airport also hosts a military base with at least a couple of dozen fighter jets visible, so although the passenger facilities are now little used, I guess the runway is still well used and important for the military?

    Very interesting article and good photos.

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