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Sakhalin and Kurile residents choose name for airport on Iturup island
Residents of Sakhalin and Kuriles choose a name for the airport on the Kuril island Iturup, which in September received the first aircraft from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. It is reported by the press service of the administration of the Sakhalin region.
All residents of the island region can offer their options. The Government of the Sakhalin region and the administration of the Kuril region have already received the first proposals from citizens on the name of the airport. The most popular options are “Prostor”, “Aurora”, “Atlasov” (in honor of the traveler Atlasov), “Kurilsk”, “Iturup”. The collection of proposals will last until November 30. The results of the work on choosing the name of the new airport on the Iturup Island will be summed up at a meeting of a specially created commission with the participation of the public.
The new airport was solemnly put into operation a month and a half ago, from that moment it began to receive and send flights on a regular basis in the direction of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk - Kurilsk. If necessary, air communication with Khabarovsk, Vladivostok and Japan is possible. It is planned that it will handle up to 20 thousand passengers and 150 tons of cargo per year. This is the first airport built in the country from scratch since the collapse of the USSR.
The airport was built as part of the federal targeted program for the development of the Kuril Islands in order to create a reliable and sustainable transport connection between Iturup and Sakhalin. The new all-weather airport has replaced the old one - "Burevestnik", built by the Japanese and capable of receiving aircraft in extremely good weather.