As of 18 August, Kaluga Airport has the right to receive international flights. The press service of the Kaluzhskaya Oblast administration noted that the Russian government now authorizes such flights to be processed by the airport, which entails creation of an on-site customs office.
The B-class airport is capable of receiving Airbus А319 and Boeing 737-500 type or smaller aircraft. This airport is expected to process over 15 international flights. The date of the first international flight to touch down the Kaluga airstrip has not been yet specified.
Airport’s General Director Salavat Kutushev previously said: “We perfectly understand that we need to start with those international flights which have investors in Kaluga Oblast technoparks; thus we will begin from European resort locations.” In late July Turkish Airlines has already inquired in the possibility of launching direct Kaluga-Antalya flights. Currently the airport services only domestic flights. First flights to and from Saint-Petersburg and Sochi commenced 16 July. A new destination was added 30 July: Simferopol. Krasnodar, Mineralnye Vody, Kaliningrad and other Russian cities will soon be added to the list.
The Kaluga airport has been reopened in May of 2015 after 13 years of inactivity. It’s current throughput is 100 passengers an hour.