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Kosice International Airport, Slovakia

July 24th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Košice International Airport (Slovak: Medzinárodné letisko Košice) (IATA: KSC, ICAO: LZKZ) serves Košice, Slovakia and is the second largest international airport in Slovakia. It is located 6 km to the south of the city, 230 m (755 feet) above the sea level covering an area of 3.50 km². Is serves both scheduled and chartered, domestic and international flights. The largest aircraft that can land at the airport are Boeing 767 or Airbus A310. Airport capacity is currently around 700,000 passengers a year or 1000 passengers an hour.

Construction of today's airport began in 1950 near the suburb of Barca. In 1954 construction began on the first part of the new passenger terminal, hangar and new control tower. In 1955 direct flights began between Košice and Prague. The power supply was enhanced by more powerful transformers in 1962. Increasing traffic required a larger passenger terminal by the mid 1960s. The foundation of the SNP Air Force Academy in 1973 strengthened aviation in the then republic of Czechoslovakia. Between 1974 and 1977 the runway was increased by 1100m, the power supply rebuilt and a lighting system installed to meet CAT II ICAO specifications. Military aviation at the airport stopped in 2004.

The total area of the terminal is 4,456 m², of which more than 3,500 m² is designed for the travelling public. Facilities include international and domestic departure and domestic gates, aviation and travel agencies a nursery, a quiet room and comfortable business lounge. There are also restaurants, car rental booths and small shops.

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