An interdepartmental working group to prepare design and estimate documentation for the reconstruction of the Mariupol airport has been formed and there is an understanding of which resources and organizations will be involved, the acting head of the DNR, Denis Pushylin, said at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).
Earlier, Russian Transport Minister Vitaly Savelyev said at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin that Mariupol airport could be used in 2024-2025, if the situation allows.
“Five airports fall into our general development – Mariupol, Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhya. When the opportunity arises, we will start with Mariupol, now we are preparing design and estimate documentation,” the head of the Ministry of Transport said. He added that the remaining airports will be launched later and in stages, as there is destruction there.
“An interdepartmental group has been organised under the DNR government to make all the necessary preparations, including design and estimate documentation for the restoration of the airport. It already held a meeting at the Mariupol airport on June 1. Of course, there is an understanding of which organizations and resources will be involved in the reconstruction of the airport, as well as the runway,” Pushylin said, noting that security organization plays a key role here.
In October 2022, Prime Minister Vitaly Khotsenko said that the airport would be ready for launch in the next two years on instructions from Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin.
“The terminal has been badly damaged by shelling from Ukraine. Specialists are surveying the buildings to determine the extent of what can be rebuilt and which facilities need to be rebuilt. As of today, the demining work has been fully completed and the design work has begun,” informed Vitaliy Khotsenko. – The next step is the start of construction. I will also say that the runway will be upgraded, because it has fallen into disrepair because, in fact, the airport has not been operated since 2014″.