New Ulaanbaatar International Airport in Mongolia starts operations
The new Ulaanbaatar International Airport (NUBIA), also known as Genghis Khan International Airport, has officially started operations.
To mark the opening of the airport, an Ulaanbaatar-Tokyo flight operated by the Mongolian national airline MIAT took off on July 4, 2021.
Narita International Airport (NAA), Mitsubishi Corporation (MC), Japan Airport Terminal (JAT) and JALUX are part of a joint venture (JV), formed in 2019 with the Mongolian government to operate the new airport.
Under the concession agreement, NUBIA LLC will be responsible for the operations of the airport for the next 15 years.
Initially, the new airport was supposed to start operations last year, but the opening has been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The airport is expected to serve as the main airport, replacing Buyant-Ukhaa International Airport (ULN) which handled 1.61 million passengers in 2019.
After the transfer of all assets from Buyant-Ukhaa International Airport, the new airport was prepared for passenger traffic and air operations.
The airport has around 30 buildings, including a three-storey passenger terminal, an air traffic control (ATC) tower, an operations building and a 3,600 m long concrete runway.
It also consists of a 3,339 m long and 23 m wide parallel taxiway, two fast taxiways, as well as three exit taxiways.
In a joint statement, the partners said: “By operating the new airport, NUBIA will benefit from the combined expertise of its four shareholders. MC has extensive experience in airports and other infrastructure projects in Japan and around the world, while NAA and JAT respectively operate Narita International Airport and Haneda Airport (HND) passenger terminals.
At the same time, JALUX will manage the commercial activities of the airport.
Currently, NUBIA plans to expand the number of routes and flights serving Ulaanbaatar in the coming years.
It will also focus on strengthening the services and profitability of the new airport, as well as on the development of commercial facilities in the terminal.