Grozny Airport is an airport in Chechen Republic, Russia, located 7.5km north of the capital city of Grozny. The aerodrome accommodates international flights, but at present, the current scheduled flights are to Moscow and Surgut only. It began operations in 1938 and had its new airport complete action with artificial runway and basing speed passenger aircraft Tu-134 in 1977. It underwent a couple of name changes, especially during the war, between 1990 and 2000 until it was changed from North Airport to Grozny Airport in 2006, in memory of the first president of the republic, Akhmad Kadyrov. At present, it has a larger terminal building with a control tower and located next to it is a small gold-painted mosque. Avia Traffic Company, Grozny Avia, RusLine, and UTair Aviation are the airlines that operated at the airport.
Grozny is the capital city if the Chechen Republic, Russia. It lies on the Sunzha River. The Chechen separatist wars of the 1990s and early 2000s, with the last war being the Second Chechen War in 2002 left the city with many shelled and abandoned apartment houses, which were demolished and replaced with rebuilt buildings and suburbs, along with a major rebuilding and development program throughout the city. The entire city was nearly destroyed that the United Nations declared Grozny 'the most destroyed city on Earth' in 2002. However, after coming under federal control, it has been completely rebuilt. In 2009, Grozny was recognised by the UN Human Settlements Program for its successful efforts in rebuilding the city and providing new homes for thousands of its people.
The city’s main attraction is the Grozny Central Dome Mosque, which was formally opened to the public in 2008. It is considered to be the largest mosque in Russia and one of the largest in Europe. Another site worth visiting is the recently renovated Church of St. Michael the Archangel. Wander around Downtown Grozny, which features newly opened shops and restaurants. You can catch some football games on weekends at Sultan Bilimkhanov Stadium. In fact, FC Terek Grozny plays there in the Russian Premier League. The city’s economy is largely affected by the war, therefore commodities are cheap and several items don’t have regular set prices. You can find plenty of Western items, even authentic swords and knives at low prices. A good place to eat in downtown Grozny is Café Oasis.
How to get around within Grozny
Currently, the trolley, which reopened in 2012, after the war, operates local services within the city but is not fully developed yet so it is best advised to go around by car instead. Another option is by taxi, operated by a religious company called Islam.
How to get there
The war had tremendous repercussions on Grozny's transportation, making travelling rather difficult. But due to reconstruction projects, the transportation system has become more reliable. If you are getting in by plane, Rusline is the sole airline that offers regular flights between Moscow and Grozny, while Grozny Avia offers regular flights between Istanbul and Grozny. Other ways of getting in are by train, by car, and by bus.
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