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Kazan International Airport

Kazan International Airport (Russian: Международный аэропорт Казань, Tatar: Qazan Xalıqara Aeroportı / Казан Халыкара Аэропорты; IATA: KZN, ICAO: UWKD) is an airport located in 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

Qazan Xalıqara Aeroportı / Казан Халыкара Аэропорты

Международный аэропорт Казань
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Привокзальная площадь аэропорта Казань.JPG
Airport typeInternational
OwnerKazan International Airport
OperatorJSC "Kazan International Airport"
ServesKazan, Russia
Hub forUVT Aero
Elevation AMSL413 ft / 126 m
Coordinates55°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 (2017)
PassengersIncrease 2,623,423
Time zoneUTC +4
Operating time7.00-24.00, all year
Most popular international flightIstanbul, 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 2017 reached the record of 2.5 million passengers transported in less than a year. [2]

Airlines and destinationsEdit


Passenger statisticsEdit

Annual Passenger Traffic[3]
Year Passengers % Change
2004 309,900  
2005 393,600   27%
2006 445,700   13.2%
2007 616,400   38.3%
2008 751,500   22%
2009 675,700   -10.1%
2010 958,500   41.8%
2011 1,227,000   28%
2012 1,487,000   21.2%
2013 1,847,000   24.2%
2014 1,942,408   5.2%
2015 1,799,267   7.4%
2016 1,923,223   6.9%
2017 2,623,423   36.4%

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.[4][5]

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.[6] 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.[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Ak Bars Aero wins Volga contract; to absorb Tatarstan Air's assets". 27 December 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  2. ^
  3. ^ Архив новостей. "Международный аэропорт Казань".
  4. ^ "Головной офис." Tatarstan Airlines. Retrieved on 28 October 2010. "420144, Россия, Татарстан, г. Казань, Аэропорт"
  5. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. 23–29 March 1994. 122. "Head office: Kazan Airport, Tatarstan 420017, Russia"
  6. ^ Simon Hradecky (17 November 2013). "Crash: Tatarstan B735 at Kazan on Nov 17th 2013, crashed on go-around". Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  7. ^ Mark Hubert (9 May 2017). "Russian Pilots Protesting Mass License Revocations". Retrieved 9 May 2017.

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