It's easy to remember that Russia is the biggest country in the world, considering it borders on no less than three of the world's oceans. Petropavlovsk Kamchatsky Airport (PKC) is a medium-sized airport in the rather isolated corner of Russia that touches the northern Pacific, a region known as Kamchatka Krai. The capital city of this region is Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, which has a long and interesting history to match the remarkable scenery throughout the peninsula.
Departure and Arrival Information
This region of the world is landlocked, isolated from the world by a lack of ground transportation, but an increase in trade and commerce has seen more visitors arriving in the last few years and the airport is undergoing a major expansion to accommodate the traffic. As far as airline travel, the following is a short list of the companies operating out of PKC. As air travel is one of the only ways to reach the peninsula, be prepared to pay top-dollar, even for short flights, any time of the year.
- Aeroflot, formerly the national airline of the Soviet Union, this is still the largest airline in the Russian Federation and serves the most routes from PKC on a consistent basis. The airline also has code-sharing agreements with several other national and international carriers in case you have loyalty points or reward miles.
- International flights are only offered on a seasonal basis from this airport. Pegas Fly can take you to Nha Trang, Vietnam for a winter holiday and Yakutia Airlines flies to Anchorage and Tokyo during the summer in addition to its regular schedule of regional flights.
- Regional Airlines that fly to various points throughout Russia include Ural Airlines, S7 Airlines, and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Air Enterprise. These fly to smaller cities within the immediate area along with major cities like Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Vladivostok.
There is presently no public transportation to the airport from the city or other nearby communities, although the improvements underway at the airport might include some transportation options. Your airport transfer is included in the price of your travel package if you’re here as a tourist, and for those that are familiar with the area, you can rent a car, book a taxi, or just direct the person who came to pick you up along highway A-401.
What to see and do in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
Although not exactly a global tourism hotspot, this fascinating area is lined with live volcanoes and is home to some stunning architecture and unique wildlife. Part of the charm is the isolation of a landlocked peninsula and the thick covering of boreal forest. Here are a few suggestions to get you started on your adventure in the northern Pacific Rim.
- Avacha Bay. Get a close look at two of the region's defining features from this bay, the Russian Pacific Fleet and the Petropavlovsk and Koryaksky Volcano. The bay is just one small part of the vast Avacha Basin and is big enough to handle any ship in the world.
- Statues Lenin. Step back into another era, when the Soviet Union was still a world power. There are actually two monuments dedicated to that famous revolutionary leader in town. One is a rather imposing statue in the main square, and the other is a much more subdued depiction of a kindly Stalin comforting a crying child at Kamchatka State University.
- Nikolskaya Sopka. It looks like a verdant mound of trees rolled up into a ball and placed carefully between the waterfront and the town. Nikolskaya Sopka is one of the most popular natural preserves in the area, often visited by locals working nearby. The very peak if popular for sunbathing and picnics.