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The 2010s

April 11, 2010

The Tolmachevo Airport received the world’s largest aircraft, An-225 (Mriya) with the maximum takeoff weight of 640 tons. Travelling along the route Hamburg-Minsk-Novosibirsk-Shiajuang, the plane was transporting to China machine-building equipment weighing 148.5 tons. The An-225 was filled with 85 tons of fuel, while the aircraft of the type of Airbus A320 get about 10 tons before a flight.

September 25, 2010

The Aeroflot Airbus A320 flying from Moscow made its first landing on Runway 2 of the Tolmachevo Airport. The airport was the only airport in the Asian part of Russia which had two runways. The second runway is certified under ICAO Category II and can handle all types of aircraft even in adverse weather conditions.

April 30, 2011

The Tolmachevo Airport became the second Russian airport to receive the largest passenger airliner in the world — Airbus A380. The aircraft can perform non-stop flights to 15,400 km distance and hold up to 525 passengers.

November 26, 2011

The Tolmachevo Airport was the first airport in Russia to receive the largest commercial aircraft Boeing — Boeing 747-8 capable of carrying of up to 134 tons of cargo. The airplane of a cargo airline Cargoluxs made a technical landing in Novosibirsk following from Shanghai to Luxembourg.

December 2011

The airport exceeded the maximum traffic flow record achieved in 1991 and served 2.765 million passengers, according to the year end results.

July 2012

In the Tolmachevo Airport, the world’s first monument to a massive domestic medium-haul avialiner Tu-154 was opened. Installation of the aircraft for permanent station was dedicated to the three significant dates: the 55th anniversary of the Tolmachevo, 40th anniversary of operation of Tu-154 and 20th anniversary of the base airline of the airport — S7.

November 2012

The Tolmachevo Airport for the first time in its history served the 3,000,000th passenger since the beginning of the year. According to the results of 2012, the passenger traffic flow exceeded 3.26 million passengers.

December 2012

The Tolmachevo Airport opened its own shop of onboard catering in cooperation with the world’s leading operator in this field — LSG Sky Chefs, a subsidiary of Lufthansa.

February, 2013

Preparation for modernization of the international airlines terminal started. The project implementation provides for significant increase in the area and capacity of the terminal as well as improvement of the passenger terminal infrastructure.

July, 2013

The work began on design of Tolmachevo airport airfield, which includes reconstruction of a number of essential facilities of the airfield complex.

27 September, 2013

Tolmachevo airport has served 83 aircraft movements (with an average of about 65-70), which is an absolute record of operations per day over the previous 20 years. Following the results of 2013 the airport served 20,838 aircraft movements (+12.4% versus 2012).

14 October, 2013

Tolmachevo airport served the three millionth passenger since the beginning of the year, a month and a half earlier than in 2012. Following the results of the entire 2013, passenger traffic of Tolmachevo airport amounted to 3,748,211 passengers, which is by 14.7% more than in 2012.

29 October, 2013

International mail exchange office (IMEO) of Novosibirsk airport Tolmachevo handled the first lot of EMS express shipments, received from abroad. The capacity of IMEO at Tolmachevo airport allows to handle the growing volume of EMS shipments and significantly reduces the delivery time.

6 November, 2013

A concept involving the simultaneous usage of two runways and allowing aircraft to perform flyouts and arrivals using satellite navigation, is prepared in collaboration with the branch of "ZapSibaeronavigatsiya" FSUE "State Corporation for ATM" and Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH (DFS).

7 November, 2013

The first stage of the installation of the monument to the Il-86 aircraft (tail number RA-86097) has been completed.

December, 2013

Tolmachevo airport has successfully passed the quality management system certification for compliance with the requirements of ISO 9001:2008 and GOST ISO 9001-2011.

February, 2014

Admission to the reception / release of the world's largest aircraft An-225 "Mriya" is received. Previously, to receive this aircraft and perform its ground handling, Tolmachevo airport received one-time permits from the aviation authorities.

July, 2014

In July 2014, European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approved the expansion of the scope of the Part-145 certificate confirming the authority of JSC "Tolmachevo Airport" in the field of linear technical maintenance of Boeing 747-8 and MD-11. On July 18, 2014, the engineers of the aviation engineering service of Tolmachevo airport were the first among the services of the Russian airports to perform independent maintenance of the largest serial cargo aircraft in the world, Boeing 747-8 of Cargolux

1 December, 2014

Aviation Training Center (ATC), based on Tolmachevo airport, started its work. The center is allowed to carry out initial training and advanced training for passenger service agents, aviation security inspectors, flight search and rescue specialists, as well as specialists involved in the deicing of aircraft.

February, 2015

Tolmachevo airport completed the certification procedure for the standard "IATA Audit for Ground Operations" (ISAGO). In March 2017, the airport is included in the register of organizations, which have been audited by ISAGO. Certification was completed for compliance with all the parts of the ISAGO standard: organization and management (ORM); load control (LOD); passenger service and baggage handling (PAB); aircraft ground handling (HDL); aircraft ground movement (AGM); mail and cargo handling (CGM).

July, 2015

In July 2015, the reconstruction of the international terminal of Tolmachevo airport was completed. The area of the terminal before the reconstruction was 10,000 sq. m. In the course of work, it has been increased to 27,000 sq. m., capacity was increased from 750 to 1300 passengers/hour. On July 21, the Prime Minister of RF Dmitry Medvedev took part in the opening ceremony of the international airlines terminal at Tolmachevo Airport as part of his working visit to Novosibirsk.

May, 2016

JSC "Tolmachevo Airport" launched the Chinese version of the official website hosted in the domain extension of China - in order to develop and strengthen already existing ties, improve convenience for foreign citizens, and also to attract new partners and passengers from the People's Republic of China.

October, 2016

From 31 October, 2016 NOVOSIBIRSK International Airport (Tolmachevo) has started servicing regular flights of Lufthansa Cargo airline company. From now on, flights on McDonnell Douglas MD-11 aircraft on the Frankfurt - Shanghai and Frankfurt - Guangzhou routes are operated with a refueling landing in Novosibirsk with the frequency of up to eight times a week.

December, 2016

On 20 December, 2016 Russian Post started a high-speed automated mail sorting line Toshiba with the output of more than 200 thousand mailings per day at Tolmachevo airport. Automated sorting line is installed in the cargo terminal of Tolmachevo airport and is designed to handle both international and domestic mail weighing up to 3 kg (parcels and small international packages).

21 December, 2016

NOVOSIBIRSK International Airport (Tolmachevo) handled the four millionth passenger for the first time in its history since the beginning of the year. That was a Novosibirsk resident Anna Shaidurova, who was travelling to Moscow on the flight No.184 of S7 Airlines.

28 March, 2017

Due to the significant increase in mailings from Chinese online stores (in 2017, the volume of parcels and small packages from China amounted to more than 30,000 tons), new regular mail flights from China were launched, in particular those of Russian Post airline company, operated on medium-haul Tu-204C aircraft. In addition to the creation of the International mail exchange office in the Novosibirsk airport and the launch of the first automated sorting line for mailing items, Russian Post and Tolmachevo airport are preparing for the opening of the Novosibirsk Logistic Mail Center.

29 April, 2017

S7 Airlines, a partner of Tolmachevo airport, started operating direct regular flights S7 3345/3346 on Novosibirsk-Tbilisi-Novosibirsk route. Direct flight from Novosibirsk to Tbilisi is operated for the first time in modern times and Tolmachevo airport is the only airport beyond the Urals, which serves regular flights to Georgia.

11 May, 2017

Following the results of the joint press conference devoted to the program for the development of interregional services and transport accessibility of Siberian cities, S7 Airlines and Tolmachevo announce a joint intention to develop the hub in Novosibirsk.

3 July, 2017

On 3 July, a meeting was held at Tolmachevo airport with the participation of the Chairwoman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Valentina Matvienko, who was on a working visit to the Novosibirsk region. Plans for a large-scale reconstruction of the passenger terminal until 2023 were presented to the meeting participants.

12 July, 2017

Tolmachevo airport celebrated its 60th birthday. A street photo exhibition, created in cooperation with the Novosibirsk Museum and located in the square opposite the Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater, is timed to the anniversary event. As part of the opening of the exhibition, the best employees and veterans of JSC “Airport Tolmachevo” received awards of the mayor of Novosibirsk and the Council of Deputies of Novosibirsk, as well as commemorative medals “80 years of the Novosibirsk region”. Additionally, on the day of the anniversary, an apron exhibition was held, which was opened by Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Siberian Federal District Sergey Menyailo, co-owner of Novaport holding, head of AEON Corporation Roman Trotsenko and General Director of JSC "Airport Tolmachevo" Evgeniy Yankilevich. The exposition of military and civil aviation equipment, airfield equipment and special equipment for ground handling, located on the airport apron, raised great interest among aviation enthusiasts. The guests took souvenir pictures at the background of the aircraft, saw the flights of civil aviation aircraft and visited the largest aircraft repair hangar beyond the Urals, OOO Sibir Technics.

17 August, 2017

Tolmachevo airport served a three millionth passenger since the beginning of the year, five weeks earlier compared to 2016.

August, 2017

In terms of total cargo traffic Tolmachevo airport took the leading positions and was among top five airports after Moscow Air Transportation Cluster airports and those of St. Petersburg.

12 November, 2017

The largest passenger airliner in the world, Airbus A380 of Lufthansa airline company, which operated a flight from Frankfurt to Shanghai, made a refuelling landing at Tolmachevo airport for the first time.

31 December, 2017

Tolmachevo airport has reached the level of five million passengers, taking into account transit and transfer ones, thus serving a record number of passengers since the beginning of the year in the entire history of the airport. The increase in passenger traffic in 2017 amounted to more than 900 thousand people. In December, another winter record was set up — 16.4 thousand passengers a day.

May, 2018

On 2 May, S7 Airlines, a partner of Tolmachevo airport, started operating direct regular flights S7 3301/3302 on Novosibirsk-Minsk-Novosibirsk route. S7 Airlines began operating its direct flight from Novosibirsk to Minsk for the first time, and Tolmachevo became the only airport beyond the Urals, serving direct flights to the capital of the Republic of Belarus.

2 June, 2018

S7 Airlines, a partner of Tolmachevo airport, expanded the flight geography from the Novosibirsk airport and began operating new direct regular flights S7 575/576 on the Novosibirsk - Tokyo - Novosibirsk route. The first flight to Tokyo from Tolmachevo was preceded by the formal presentation, where Director of the Siberia-Hokkaido Municipal Cultural Center Alexander Spiridonov, honored guests of the event, a well-known Novosibirsk caterer Denis Ivanov and Mrs. Chizuko Shirahama, deputy general representative of S7 Airlines in Central Asian countries and Tolmachevo airport Alexander Zavrazhin and the head of air commerce service of JSC "Airport Tolmachevo" Igor Leontyev, addressed the passengers with a welcoming speech.

14 June, 2018

Tolmachevo airport was the first major regional air hub and the second in Russia after Sheremetyevo airport, which confirmed certification in accordance with the requirements of the China Friendly program (“Friendly to China”). China Friendly ("Friendly to China") is a program designated to create a comfortable stay environment for Chinese tourists and aimed at promoting Russian tourism in the international market. Certification for compliance with the requirements of this program is a “quality mark” for the Chinese citizens, who are going to visit Russia.

August, 2018

According to the survey of OneTwoTrip, one of the leading travel services, Tolmachevo Airport became the most popular regional transfer hub in the first half of 2018. Following the results of seven months the number of transfer passengers increased by 28% compared to the same period last year. Their share in total passenger traffic grew to 22%.

29 August, 2018

Construction of a new in-flight catering factory was launched in a solemn atmosphere at Tolmachevo airport. The new in-flight catering shop will occupy the area of more than 5,000 square meters, will be equipped with modern high-tech equipment and will become the largest enterprise beyond the Urals, which provides in-flight catering services. Estimated capacity of the factory will be 16 thousand food rations per day, number of jobs – 350. Existing production of Tolmachevo Catering LLC will be integrated into the new in-flight catering factory.

29 September, 2018

On 29 September, the final flight of the legendary Tu-154 "Izhma" of ALROSA airline company was performed from the city of Mirny (Yakutia) to the city of Novosibirsk, where it was transferred to the Museum of aviation history. The transfer ceremony was attended by the pilots, who performed the world-famous flight in 2010, the crew commanders Yevgeny Novosyolov and Andrei Lamanov. Tu-154M "Izhma" aircraft made its final flight from Mirny to Novosibirsk under the leadership of Lamanov. The opportunity to meet the famous aircraft was also given to the personnel of Tolmachevo airport, employees of airlines with kids, journalists from federal and regional mass media and air bloggers.

October, 2018

On October 11, the competition for the selection of the General Contractor for the design of the reconstruction of the Tolmachevo airport terminal of international and domestic air lines has been finished. The winner of the tender is the Spectrum Group of Companies (city of Moscow.) On October 22, JSC "Tolmachevo Airport'' and the contractor company (LLC "Spectrum Holding") have signed an agreement. The approximate total area of the airport terminal shall amount after the implementation of two stages of reconstruction to more than 100 thousand square meters.

February 13, 2019

The architectural concept of the facades of the new terminal has been chosen as part of the design of the reconstruction of the airport terminal. The head of the designer's team on the project of the new terminal building was made by the chief architect of Moscow Mr. Sergey Kuznetsov, the architectural concept of the terminal complex has been performed by the architecture firm SPEECH.

May 20, 2019

The Federal targeted investment program of Russia (FAIP), published on the website of the Ministry of economic development of Russia, is confirming the budget allocations for the implementation of the project of reconstruction of the Tolmachevo airport terminal complex.

May 22, 2019

After the final flight of the legendary aircraft Tu-134B of the ALROSA airline company (tail number RA-65693) from the city of Mirny (Yakutia) to the city of Novosibirsk, this aircraft has been transferred to the Museum of aviation history. The aircraft has been welcomed at the airport Tolmachevo with an arch of triumph. Passengers of the final flight were 72 people, including journalists and fans of domestic aviation. The personnel of the Tolmachevo airport, as well as the employees of air enterprises including their children and air bloggers had the opportunity to meet the landmark aircraft.

31 May, 2019

The President of Russia Vladimir Putin signed a decree assigning the names of great countrymen to 44 Russian airports. According to this document, NOVOSIBIRSK International Airport (Tolmachevo) is officially assigned with the name of the three times Hero of the Soviet Union, Air Marshal, Alexander Pokryshkin Major construction of a new terminal complex of Tolmachevo airport will start in 2019. Its architectural concept will reflect not only the development of Novosibirsk as the largest scientific centre, but also the glorious past of the region. One of the peculiarities of the new complex will be a historical component, dedicated to our famous countryman, the legendary pilot Alexander Pokryshkin.

June, 2019

The results of the competition for the selection of a contractor for the reconstruction of the landside of the Tolmachevo airport have been summed up. The tender for the reconstruction of the landside, of the engineering facilities and on-site networks has been announced on June 4. The company LLC "LMS" (Nizhny Novgorod region) has been recognized as the winner of the contest. The contract with LLC "LIMAKMARASHCHSTROY" has been signed on July10. The works of LLC "LMS" shall be completed at the end of 2019.

August 29, 2019

Exactly one year after the laying of the first stone, a new complex of the in-flight catering factory was inaugurated. The opening ceremony was attended by the Governor of the Novosibirsk region Andrey Travnikov, the regional Executive Director of LSG Sky Chefs for operating activities in Africa, Eastern Europe, India, the Middle East and Turkey, Alfred Rigler, the General Director of LLC "Novaport Holding", Sergey Rudakov, the General Director of JSC "Airport Tolmachevo", Evgeny Yankilevich, representatives of airline partners of Tolmachevo airport and other officials. The new in-flight catering facility covers an area of more than 5 thousand square meters, it is equipped with modern high-tech equipment and is the largest enterprise beyond the Urals, providing aviation catering services. The design capacity of the factory is 16 thousand food rations per day, the number of jobs is 350 with the prospect of increasing to 500. This project has been implemented in the framework of cooperation between the Novaport airport holding and one of the world's leading manufacturers and operators in the field of in-flight catering LSG Sky Chefs.