Kazan International Airport
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|Kazan International Airport
Казан Халыкара Аэропорты
Международный аэропорт Казань
|IATA: KZN – ICAO: UWKD
|Owner||Kazan International Airport|
|Operator||JSC "Kazan International Airport"|
|Hub for||Ak Bars Aero|
|Elevation AMSL||413 ft / 126 m|
|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.
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. 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.
Kazan's Airport Today
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
Accidents and incidents
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