Russia will allocate around US$6.8 million in the federal budget for the continuing reconstruction of the Baikal International Airport OJSC in Ulan-Ude, Buryat Republic this year, the local press office announced on Monday.
Plans include building a second runway, enlarging the first runway, improving passenger facilities, and modernizing of the taxi lane.
The reconstruction of the airport is planned to be finished in 2012, when the last tranche of US$11.3 million will be invested.
The whole reconstruction project, implemented within the framework of a federal program of economic and social development of the Far East and Transbaikalia since 2008, is estimated to cost around US$30 million when completed.
After the reconstruction of the runway, the airport will be able to serve any type of aircraft without restrictions on take-off weight. New lighting equipment will also allow the airport to accept aircraft at night time on request of air companies and to operate 24 hours in the future.
(Via Russia Briefing News)