Kazan International Airport

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Kazan International Airport
Казан Халыкара Аэропорты
Международный аэропорт Казань
Kazan Airport logo.png
Международный Аэропорт "Казань", Терминал 1А.jpg
IATA: KZNICAO: UWKD
KZN is located in Tatarstan
KZN
KZN
Location of airport in Tatarstan
Summary
Airport type International
Owner Kazan International Airport
Operator JSC "Kazan International Airport"
Serves Kazan, Russia
Hub for Ak Bars 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
Website www.kazan.aero
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
11L/29R 12,218 3,724 Concrete
11R/29L Closed 8,196 2,498 Concrete
Statistics (2013)
Passengers 1,847,000
Time Zone UTC +4
Operating Time 24/7, All Year
Most Popular International Flight Istanbul, Turkey

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 is the 15th busiest airport in Russia. Kazan Airport now serves not only Kazan, but practically all of the 3.8 million citizens of the Region.

History[edit]

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

In 1991, after the Fall of Soviet Union, The Tatarstan region separated from USSR's single Aeroflot Airlines and created Tatarstan Airlines. The airline didn't gain an efficient amount of investments in its 22 years of servitude and its operating license was officially terminated on 31 December 2013.[1] On October 26, 1992, Kazan got its first international regular flight: Kazan - Istanbul - Kazan. The flight was (and still is) operated by Turkish Airlines and 145 annual trips are made to and from Istanbul, making this the most popular international route.

Statistics[edit]

Passenger Statistic[edit]

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

Arrivals/Departures[edit]

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

Cargo Handled[edit]

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

Kazan's Airport Today[edit]

In 2008, Tatarstan's president, Mintimer Shaimiev, after winning the bid for 2013 Universiade Olympic Games, began creating a set of major reform projects of Kazan. Apart from reparing the streets, bringing in investments, integrating English language and improving the bus route system in Kazan, Mr. Shaimiev also began to completely redesign Kazan's airport. He designed blueprints of 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 back in 2009, to begin construction of Terminal 1A and a complete redesign of Terminal 1 (essentially also a new reconstruction).

First off, a new 3700 meter runway was built, and Runway 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. In 2012 the construction of Terminal 1A began. Later in the year Terminal 1 began its own renovation. Terminal 1A was officially opened on November 7, 2012. Terminal 1 finished renovations on June 22, 2013.

Today, the new airport consists of more than 30 Check-In slots, 7 Conveyor Belts. The airport also has 3 separate duty-free shops, selling alcohol, cigars and cigarettes, chocolates and other merchandise. The airport also has popular brands such as Costa Coffee. The airport can sustain around 3 million passengers, and further expansions/ creation of Terminal 2 before the FIFA 2018 World Cup will undergo in Kazan's Airport.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Kazan International Airport is served by the following passenger airlines (as of July 2013), all of which operate out of Terminal 1A:[2][3]

Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines Seasonal charter: Corfu, Heraklion, Rhodes
Aeroflot Moscow-Sheremetyevo
Aeroflot
operated by Rossiya
Saint Petersburg
Ak Bars Aero Astrakhan, Baku, Belgorod, Chelyabinsk, Kirov, Mineralnye Vody, Moscow-Domodedovo, Novosibirsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Novy Urengoy, Penza, Perm, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Saransk, Saratov, Sochi, St Petersburg, Yekaterinburg
Astra Airlines Seasonal charter: Thessaloniki
Air Arabia Sharjah
Air Astana Almaty
Air Management Group Penza[4]
Avia Traffic Company Bishkek, Osh
Bulgaria Air Seasonal: Burgas (begins 21 June 2014)[5]
Centre-South Samara
East Air Qurghonteppa[6]
Ellinair Seasonal: Corfu
Finnair Helsinki (begins 18 August 2014)[7]
flydubai Dubai
Komiaviatrans Syktyvkar
Nordwind Airlines Seasonal: Hurghada
Orenair Sochi
Seasonal charter: Sharm el-Sheikh
RusLine Yekaterinburg[8]
S7 Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo
Somon Air Dushanbe, Khudjand
Transaero Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo
Seasonal: Barcelona, Larnaca
Turan Air Baku
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk
Ural Airlines Khudjand, Yekaterinburg
UTair Aviation Baku,[9] Moscow-Vnukovo
Seasonal charter: Phuket
UTair Aviation
operated by UTair Express
Moscow-Vnukovo, Ufa
Uzbekistan Airways Fergana, Samarkand, Tashkent
Vueling Airlines Seasonal: Barcelona (resumes 4 June 2014)[10]

Other facilities[edit]

Tatarstan Airlines had its head office on the airport property.[11][12]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

On 17 November 2013, Tatarstan Airlines Flight 363, a Boeing 737-500, operating for Ak Bars Aero, crashed while attempting to land at the airport. All 44 passengers and 6 crew died.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://ch-aviation.ch/portal/news/24431-ak-bars-aero-wins-volga-contract-to-absorb-tatarstan-airs-assets
  2. ^ http://www.airport.kazan.ru/files/dep_arr092011.pdf Kazan International Airport. Flights schedule for September 2011
  3. ^ "Все рейсы в казанском аэропорту перенесены в терминал 1А. Старый закрыт на реконструкцию". БИЗНЕС Online. 10 December 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Расписание движения самолетов в аэропорту г.Пенза". Аэропорт г. Пенза. Retrieved 27 March 2013. 
  5. ^ L, J (29 April 2014). "Bulgaria Air S14 New Seasonal Scheduled Charter Operation". Airline Route. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Расписание рейсов". East Air. Retrieved 19 July 2013. 
  7. ^ Siebert, Lucy (4 June 2014). "New Flybe Finland flights to Russia" (4 June 2014). Routes News. Routes News. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "Расписание из города Казань". RusLine. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Новый международный рейс "ЮТэйр" Казань - Баку". News. UTair Aviation. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  10. ^ L, J (6 February 2014). "Vueling Planned S14 New Routes as of 06FEB14". Airline Route. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "Головной офис." Tatarstan Airlines. Retrieved on 28 October 2010. "420144, Россия, Татарстан, г. Казань, Аэропорт"
  12. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. 23–29 March 1994. 122. "Head office: Kazan Airport, Tatarstan 420017, Russia"

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