The residents of Sakhalin will choose a name for the main airport area

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Fedorenkova in fotobounce in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Archival photoThe residents of Sakhalin will choose a name for the main airport area© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Fedorenkova the image Bank

The residents of Sakhalin will choose a name for the main airport of the region, the press service of the regional public chamber.

«The new airport terminal in Yuzhno‐Sakhalinsk will be put into operation in the summer of 2020. The choice of the inhabitants of the island region at the contest «Great names of Russia» will be reflected in the project design of the airport», — the press service quoted the head of the regional public chamber of Vladimir Ikonnikov.

According to the national center for public opinion studies, the majority of Sakhalin believe that the airport should be named after the classic of Russian literature Anton Chekhov or sailors Gennady Nevelskoy and Ivan Krusenstern.

The assignment of names of outstanding people of Russian international airports will be part of a large-scale project of the «Great names of Russia». It was initiated by the Public chamber of the Russian Federation with the support of the Russian geographical society, the Society of Russian literature, the Russian military‐historical society, Russian historical society.

On Sakhalin the national competition will be held with the assistance of the regional public chamber and the regional government.

The format of the all-Russian contest will allow to reach the maximum number of participants and to consider an objective opinion of the public. Those names for which will vote the majority of Russians, will complement the official name 45 Russian airports international and Federal importance with a combined ridership of more than 170 million people.

According to Vladimir Ikonnikov, the practice of assigning famous names airports are now widely distributed in the world, with approximately 200 international airports are named after politicians and public leaders, scientists, inventors and cultural figures in Russia such examples until the unit.

Implementation of the project «Great names of Russia» will take place in stages. The first stage will be a competition to choose names of great Armenians to airports in the country. In the next phase, voting will be held. Make your choice can be online or via SMS, as well as on volunteer positions in the cities. In this case, for the names of the airports of the Moscow aviation hub will be able to vote everyone.

The results of the project will sum up on December 5 at the annual forum «Volunteer of Russia».