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Kazan International Airport

Kazan International Airport (Russian: Международный аэропорт Казань, Tatar: Казан Халыкара Аэропорты / Qazan Xalıqara Aeroportı; IATA: KZN, ICAO: UWKD) is an airport located in Tatarstan, Russia, around 25 km southeast of Kazan. It is the largest airport in Tatarstan, and the 15th busiest airport in Russia. Kazan Airport served nearly 3.8 million citizens of the region[when?].

Kazan International Airport
Казан Халыкара Аэропорты
Qazan Xalıqara Aeroportı

Международный аэропорт Казань
Kazan Airport logo.png
Привокзальная площадь аэропорта Казань.JPG
Airport type International
Owner Kazan International Airport
Operator JSC "Kazan International Airport"
Serves Kazan, Russia
Hub for UVT Aero
Elevation AMSL 413 ft / 126 m
Coordinates 55°36′24″N 049°16′54″E / 55.60667°N 49.28167°E / 55.60667; 49.28167Coordinates: 55°36′24″N 049°16′54″E / 55.60667°N 49.28167°E / 55.60667; 49.28167
KZN is located in Tatarstan
Location of airport in Tatarstan
Direction Length Surface
ft m
11L/29R 12,218 3,724 Concrete
Statistics (2014)
Passengers Increase 1,942,408
Time zone UTC +4
Operating time 7.00-24.00, all year
Most popular international flight Istanbul, Turkey



Inside Kazan Airport, departure hall

On 15 September 1979, Kazan 2 was completed. On 28 September 1984, Kazan 1 (located inside the city) was shut down, and Kazan 2 was renamed to Kazan Domestic Airport. On 21 February 1986, Kazan Airport gained international rank. This was a drastic announcement, because the USSR Council of Ministers only rarely allowed its citizens to fly out of the USSR.

In 1991, after the fall of the Soviet Union, the Tatarstan region separated from USSR's single Aeroflot airline and created Tatarstan Airlines. This airline didn't gain an efficient amount of investments in its 22 years of service, and its operating license was officially terminated on 31 December 2013.[1]

On 26 October 1992, Kazan got its first international regular flight: Kazan - Istanbul - Kazan. This flight was (and still is) operated by Turkish Airlines and 145 annual trips are made to and from Istanbul, making it the most popular international route.

In 2008, Tatarstan's president, Mintimer Shaimiev, after winning the bid for the 2013 Universiade Olympic Games, began creating a set of major reform projects of Kazan. Apart from repairing the streets, bringing in investments, integrating English language and improving the bus route system in Kazan, Shaimiev also began to completely redesign Kazan's airport. He designed the blueprints for Terminal 1A, and planned out the complete refining of the airport between 2008-2025. Shaimiev's successor and today's president of Tatarstan, Rustam Minnikhanov, used the blueprints, which were made in 2009, to begin the construction of Terminal 1A and a complete redesign of Terminal 1 (essentially also a new reconstruction).

First, a new 3700 meter runway was built, and edge lights were added on both of the runways. This made it possible for the airport to operate 24/7. In 2012, a new airport fire station was built. In 2012 the construction of Terminal 1A began. Later that year, Terminal 1 began its own renovation. Terminal 1A was officially opened on 7 November 2012. Terminal 1 finished renovations on 22 June 2013.

Today, the new airport has more than 30 check-in slots and seven conveyor belts. It has three separate duty-free shops, selling merchandise such as alcohol, cigars and cigarettes, chocolates. It offers popular brands such as Costa Coffee. The airport can sustain around three million passengers. Further expansions and the creation of Terminal 2 will occur before the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Following the Skytrax Airport and Airline Awards, Kazan Airport was nominated for 4 stars in 2014, and was called Russia's and CIS's best airport.

Thanks to the opening of new air routes and to the increase of flights in the existing ones, the Kazan Airport, at the beginning of the month of December of 2017 reached the record of 2.5 million passengers transported in less than a year. [2]

Airlines and destinationsEdit

Kazan International Airport is served by the following passenger airlines (as of August 2015), all of which operate out of Terminal 1A:[3][4]

Airlines Destinations
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Frankfurt
Air Astana Almaty, Astana (begins 3 June 2018)[5]
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga
AtlasGlobal Seasonal charter: Dalaman (begins 5 May 2018)[6]
Avia Traffic Company Bishkek
Azimuth Rostov-on-Don
Azur Air Seasonal charter: Antalya, Cam Ranh, Dubai-Al Maktoum, Goa-Dabolim, Phuket
Belavia Minsk (begins 26 April 2018)[7]
Buta Airways Baku
Czech Airlines Prague
operated by Nordic Regional Airlines
Seasonal: Helsinki
flydubai Dubai–International
Georgian Airways Tbilisi[8]
I-Fly Seasonal charter: Antalya (begins 28 April 2018)[9]
Nordwind Airlines Moscow-Sheremetyevo
Seasonal charter: Dubai-International
Orenburzhye Orenburg, Penza
Pegas Fly Seasonal charter: Cam Ranh, Djerba, Haikou, Phuket
Pobeda Anapa, Sochi
S7 Airlines Moscow–Domodedovo, Novosibirsk (begins 3 June 2018)[10][11]
Somon Air Dushanbe
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk
Turkmenistan Airlines Ashgabat
Ural Airlines Dusshnabe, Moscow-Domodedovo
Seasonal charter: Bologna[12], Dubai-International
Utair Surgut, Ufa, Volgograd (begins 3 May 2018)[13]
Hajj charter: Jeddah, Madinah
operated by Iraero
UVT Aero Barnaul, Kaliningrad, Krasnodar, Nizhnevartovsk, Novy Urengoy, Perm, Simferopol, Salekhard, Sochi, St Petersburg, Surgut, Ufa
Seasonal: Batumi (begins 16 June 2018)[15]
Uzbekistan Airways Fergana, Tashkent


Passenger statisticsEdit

2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
  309,900   393,600   445,700   616,400   751,500   675,700   958,500   1,227,000   1,487,000   1,847,000   1,942,408

Arrivals and departuresEdit

2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
  4,831   6,192   6,601   7,946   8,238   6,898   9,549   11,210   20,475   29,783

Cargo handledEdit

2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
  2,078   4,384   4,456   5,321   2,744   2,936   3,834   6,014   7,212

Other facilitiesEdit

Tatarstan Airlines had its head office on the airport property.[16][17]

Accidents and incidentsEdit

On 17 November 2013, Tatarstan Airlines Flight 363, a Boeing 737-500, operating for Tatarstan Airlines, crashed while attempting to land at the airport. All 44 passengers and 6 crew members died.[18] Investigations revealed the pilot had not completed his primary flight training, a revelation which then led the Russia's Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya) to revoke hundreds of pilots' licenses.[19]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Ak Bars Aero wins Volga contract; to absorb Tatarstan Air's assets". 27 December 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2017. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ Kazan International Airport. Flights schedule for September 2011
  4. ^ "Все рейсы в казанском аэропорту перенесены в терминал 1А. Старый закрыт на реконструкцию". БИЗНЕС Online. 10 December 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  5. ^ Liu, Jim (28 February 2018). "Air Astana plans new Russian routes from June 2018". Routesonline. Retrieved 28 February 2018. 
  6. ^ Liu, Jim (15 March 2018). "AtlasGlobal adds new Russian scheduled charters in S18". Routesonline. Retrieved 15 March 2018. 
  7. ^ "Авиакомпания «Белавиа» в апреле откроет рейс Казань-Минск". БИЗНЕС Online (in Russian). Retrieved 12 January 2018. 
  8. ^ Liu, Jim (21 November 2017). "Georgian Airways resumes Kazan route in S18". Routesonline. Retrieved 21 November 2017. 
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Russia, Novosibirsk, Tolmachevo (OVB)SwapRussia, Kazan (KZN)". S7 Airlines. Retrieved 14 September 2017. 
  11. ^ Liu, Jim (5 March 2018). "S7 Airlines boosts Novosibirsk domestic network in S18". Routesonline. Retrieved 5 March 2018. 
  12. ^ Liu, Jim (19 April 2018). "Ural Airlines adds Bologna scheduled charters in S18". Routesonline. Retrieved 19 April 2018. 
  13. ^
  14. ^ Талавринов, Максим (16 April 2018). ""ЮТэйр" начала летать на самолетах Superjet 100". Авиатранспортное обозрение (in Russian). Retrieved 17 April 2018. 
  15. ^ Liu, Jim (2 March 2018). "UVT Aero adds Kazan – Batumi in S18". Routesonline. Retrieved 2 March 2018. 
  16. ^ "Головной офис." Tatarstan Airlines. Retrieved on 28 October 2010. "420144, Россия, Татарстан, г. Казань, Аэропорт"
  17. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. 23–29 March 1994. 122. "Head office: Kazan Airport, Tatarstan 420017, Russia"
  18. ^ Simon Hradecky (17 November 2013). "Crash: Tatarstan B735 at Kazan on Nov 17th 2013, crashed on go-around". Retrieved 9 May 2017. 
  19. ^ Mark Hubert (9 May 2017). "Russian Pilots Protesting Mass License Revocations". Retrieved 9 May 2017. 

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