At the site of a former Ukraine military air base
This article originally appeared at The Moscow Times
Crimea will get a second commercial airport in 2016 as Russia seeks to improve transport links with the peninsula, which Moscow annexed from Ukraine last year, news agency TASS reported Monday, citing local government officials.
The Russian government has promoted travel to Crimea, whose economy relies on tourism. But Russians can only reach the peninsula by air or over-scheduled ferry from mainland Russia.
The Sevastopol government has estimated that the Belbek airport will be able to take half a million passengers annually from numerous Russian cities following renovations, which it expects to cost 1.5 billion rubles ($27 million), according to TASS.
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