ⓘ Hostomel Airport


ⓘ Hostomel Airport

Antonov Airport, also known as Hostomel Airport is an international cargo airport and testing facility in Ukraine, located near Hostomel, which is the northwestern suburb of Kiev.

The airport is owned by the Antonov aircraft manufacturing company and operated by its subsidiary Antonov Airlines. The only An-225, worlds largest operating aircraft, is based in Gostomel.


1. History

Construction of the airport began in 1959.

Commercial cargo operations at the airport began in 1989 with the first attempts at demilitarizing and commercializing of the Antonov Design Bureau.


2. Aircraft testing operations

Gostomel Airport was originally built as a top-secret in-house Flight Testing and Improvement Base Ukrainian: Льотно-випробувальна і довідна база for Antonov airplanes. It is equipped with special equipment for it e.g., artificial lightning generator and granted a purpose test flight zone. Its sister facility, responsible for manufacturing, is located inside Kyiv at the Sviatoshyn Airfield.


3. Cargo operations

The airport is used by the Antonov Airlines, as well as by other interested cargo carriers. The following facilities and services are available on site:

  • border control and customs
  • storage capacities
  • transshipping air-to-auto; air-to-railway
  • aircraft maintenance