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Kėdainiai Airport

Kedainiai (ICAO: EYKD) is an airport in Lithuania located 45 km north of Kaunas in Daukšiai. It has 28 large pads. Aeronautical sources list it as "civilian", its military use has been long retired. There is a large hangar as well, that houses a variety of privately owned light aircraft. The civilian aircraft usually operate from the taxiways, as they are more than adequate for light aircraft. It also often hosts auto racing on the main runways, both drag racing and drift courses.

The airport was built during the period of USSR control during World War II.


Kėdainiai Airport
Kėdainiai Airport.

It was the base for 600 VTAP (600th Military Transport Aviation Regiment) flying Il-76 and An-12 from September 1958, until 1992 when the unit was relocated to Shadrinsk, Kurgan Oblast. While in Lithuania the regiment was under command of the 3rd Guards, 12th and 18th (4.66 - 1998) Military Transport Aviation Divisions. During the 1980s, under glasnost, the Soviet government admitted the crimes of the Stalinist era and allowed the long overdue repatriation of the remains of Lithuanian victims to return from Siberia. The Soviet government didn't want the arrivals of the repatriation flights to become public spectacles, further inflaming the rising nationalist sentiments, so the remains were flown into Kedainai and then transported to Vilnius and Kaunas.

Kėdainiai Airport
Kėdainių aerodromas
  • IATA: none
  • ICAO: EYKD
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Lithuanian government
Location Daukšiai, Kėdainiai (Kaunas County)
Elevation AMSL 171 ft / 52 m
Coordinates 55°18′42″N
023°57′12″E
Map

Kėdainiai Airport

Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
16/34 6,562 2,000 Asphalt


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