New Ulaanbaatar International Airport

New Airport
Completion: in a month (30-Jun-2019)
IATA: n/a
ICAO: n/a
City: Ulaanbaatar
Country/Territory: Mongolia


  • Annual (pax):
    • Initial: 3,000,000
    • When completed: 12,000,000


  • Terminal:
    • 37,000m²
  • Runways:
    • 3,600m


New Ulaanbaatar International Airport is an airport construction project being built to replace Ulaanbaatar's existing Chinggis Khaan International Airport (Ulaanbaatar Buyant Uhaa Airport). Mitsubishi Corp and Chiyoda Corp will construct the new airport, located approximately 50kms southwest of the capital, at an estimated cost of USD500 million. 

Dec-2018. Mongolia's Prime Minister Ukhnaagiin Khürelsükh reported the government aims to commence operations at New Ulaanbaatar International Airport by Jul-2019.

Jan-2018. Mongolia's Ministry of Road and Transport Development stated the New Ulaanbaatar International Airport will be completed and operational in 2019, instead of 2018 as it was initially scheduled, citing "management issues". Minister of Road and Transport Development Jadamba Bat-Erdene said the ministry is still negotiating with Japanese investors on a joint management contract. The new airport will have capacity for three million passengers p/a by 2024.

Mar-2017. Mongolia's parliamentary speaker M Enkhbold reported construction work on the new airport in Khushigt Valley has been completed.

Jan-2017. New Ulaanbaatar International Airport project committee stated the airport could commence operation within 1Q2017. The airport will be handed over to Mongolian government on 10-Jan-2017. The entire project utilised around JPY65.6 billion (USD562.6 million), which is funded via loan by Japanese government.

Oct-2015. Mongolia's Prime Minister Ch Saikhanbileg was updated on work for the new international airport being constructed in Khushigt Valley, Tuv Province, with project coordinator N Enkhbat stating the project’s construction, structural concrete, reinforced concrete structure, and installation of metal casting is almost complete, and the overall project is at 60% completion. Mitsubishi and Chiyoda corporations are the project contractor of the new airport, while Samsung C&T Corporation was selected as the general subcontractor. Over 2100 workers and engineers from 40 domestic companies and over 20 companies from Japan, South Korea, Singapore, China, and the Czech Republic are working as subcontractors for the airport’s construction. Around 85% of workers hired for the project are Mongolian. The project is ahead of schedule.

Mar-2015. Narita International Airport Corp said it is considering investing in Mongolia's new international airport slated to open in 2017, as it seeks to expand internationally. Narita International Airport Corp plans to partner with Japan Airport Terminal and Jalux for the project. Receiving support from the Japan International Cooperation Agency, they have already begun a feasibility study. The Mongolian government is expected to finalise the airport's management framework in around Apr-2015. 

Feb-2015. Japan President Shinzo Abe said that as part of an Economic Partnership Agreement with Mongolia, Japan has agreed to provide a loan of JPY36.8 billion (USD308 million) to finance the construction of its new international airport in Ulaanbaatar.

Oct-2013. The work on Khöshig Valley Airport (or New Ulaanbaatar International Airport) commenced on 12-Jun-2013. Since then, 2.8 million sqm of soil has been removed, with 94% of the project work planned for 2013. The runway has been constructed, with the surface to be concreted in 2014. Construction on the passenger terminal and control tower is also progressing. The airport is scheduled to open in 2016.

Sep-2013. As of 11-Sep-2013, 88% of 1200ha of verburden soil has been removed, which is 3% of the project’s work. The foundation of the airport and a runway field has been completed, with temporary accommodation for construction workers also complete. If the weather allows, construction will continue until December.

May-2013. Japan's MLIT stated Mitsubishi Corporation and Chiyoda Corp have agreed to construct a new airport in Mongolia's capital, Ulaanbaatar (Ulan Bator). Mitsubishi Corp said the new airport will be constructed around 50km southwest of Ulan Bator for around JPY50 billion (USD500 million). Development of the new airport will be supported by an international loan through Japan's overseas development assistance agency. The project will include constructing a 3600m runway and a 37,000 sqm terminal with capacity for three million passengers p/a, and the supply of air traffic control systems. Expansion of Mongolia's only airport, Chinggis Khaan International Airport, is hindered by nearby mountains and harsh weather conditions.

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