Russia's Surgut airport to be named after Farman Salmanov

A photo by Boris Smilyan
A photo by Boris Smilyan

Russia's Surgut Airport will be named named after legendary Azerbaijani oilman Farman Salmanov, according to the voting results of the contest 'Great Names of Russia.'

The project involved almost 50 regions and about 5 million people. They made their choice by voting on the website 'Great Names of Russia', on social networks, calling the hotline or filling out a questionnaire received from volunteers.

The project to assign the names of great people to airports ran from October 11 to November 30.

Salmanov dedicated 50 years of his life to the oil-and-gas industry of the Soviet Union and Russia, and discovered or participated in the discovery of over 130 fields, including such huge oil and gas reserves as Mamontovskoye, Megionskoye, Pravdinskoye, Ust-Balykskoye, Surgutskoye, Urengoyskoye, Yamburgskoye, etc.