Kazan International Airport

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Kazan International Airport

Qazan Xalıqara Aeroportı / Казан Халыкара Аэропорты

Международный аэропорт Казань
Kazan Airport logo.png
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

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?].


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 destinations[edit]

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

Aeroflot Frankfurt, Moscow–Sheremetyevo
Air Astana Almaty, Nur-Sultan[5]
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga[6]
Avia Traffic Company Bishkek
Azimuth Rostov-on-Don
Buta AirwaysBaku
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki (ends 15 September 2019)[8]
flydubai Seasonal: Dubai–International[9]
I-Fly Seasonal charter: Antalya[10]
Nordavia St Petersburg
Seasonal: Sochi
Nordwind Airlines Khujand,[11] Moscow-Sheremetyevo
Seasonal charter: Antalya,[12] Bodrum,[12] Burgas,[12] Cam Ranh,[12] Dalaman,[12] Heraklion,[12] Monastir,[12] Phuket[12]
OrenburzhyeOrenburg, Penza (all end 1 September 2019)[13]
Pegas Fly Seasonal charter: Djerba[12]
Pobeda Mineralnye Vody,[14] Sochi, St Petersburg,[14]
Seasonal: Anapa, Antalya[15]
Rossiya Saint Petersburg
Royal Flight Seasonal charter: Pattaya[12]
RusLine Kaluga,[16] Yekaterinburg
S7 Airlines Moscow–Domodedovo, Novosibirsk[17][18]
Smartwings Prague
Somon Air Dushanbe
Turkish Airlines Istanbul[19]
Turkmenistan Airlines Ashgabat
Ural Airlines Dushanbe, Moscow-Domodedovo, Osh[20][21]
Utair Moscow-Vnukovo,[22] Surgut, Ufa, Volgograd[23]
Hajj charter: Jeddah, Madinah
UVT Aero Astrakhan, Barnaul, Chelyabinsk,[24] Kaliningrad, Krasnodar, Krasnoyarsk-Yemelyanovo,[24] Makhachkala, Moscow-Zhukovsky (resumes 1 December 2019), Nizhnevartovsk, Novy Urengoy, Perm, Simferopol, Salekhard, Sochi, St Petersburg, Surgut, Yaroslavl[25]
Seasonal: Gelendzhik, Gorno-Altaysk, Yerevan
Uzbekistan Airways Fergana, Tashkent
Wizz Air Budapest (begins 30 October 2019)[26]


Passenger statistics[edit]

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

Arrivals and departures[edit]

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

Cargo handled[edit]

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

Other facilities[edit]

Tatarstan Airlines had its head office on the airport property.[28][29]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

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.[30] 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.[31]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ http://aviationews.net/blog/kazan-airport-reaches-record-25-million-passengers/
  3. ^ http://www.airport.kazan.ru/files/dep_arr092011.pdf 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.
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  6. ^ Liu, Jim (8 August 2019). "airBaltic continues A220 network expansion from Riga in S20". Routesonline. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  7. ^ Авиакомпания «Белавиа» в апреле откроет рейс Казань-Минск. БИЗНЕС Online (in Russian). Retrieved 12 January 2018.
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  9. ^ Плохотниченко, Юрий (23 April 2019). "Flydubai будет летать из Дубая в Сочи, но приостановит ряд других российских линий на лето". Travel.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 24 April 2019.
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  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Flight Search". pegasys.pegast.ru.
  13. ^ "С 1 сентября авиакомпания «Оренбуржье» перестанет выполнять полеты" (in Russian). «Эхо Москвы в Оренбурге». 28 July 2019. Retrieved 29 July 2019.
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  19. ^ "Istanbul New Airport Transition Delayed Until April 5, 2019 (At The Earliest)".
  20. ^ Liu, Jim (31 October 2018). "Ural Airlines expands Osh network in W18". Routesonline. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  21. ^ "Новости компании: «Уральские авиалинии» открывают новые рейсы из Киргизии – авиакомпания «Уральские авиалинии» | «Уральские авиалинии»". www.uralairlines.ru. Ural Airlines. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  22. ^ Талавринов, Максим (16 April 2018). ""ЮТэйр" начала летать на самолетах Superjet 100". Авиатранспортное обозрение (in Russian). ATO.ru. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  23. ^ Liu, Jim (13 April 2018). "UTair expands Volgograd service from May 2018". Routesonline. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  24. ^ a b Из Международного аэропорта Красноярск доступны субсидированные авиаперелеты. www.kja.aero (in Russian). Международный аэропорт Красноярск. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
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  26. ^ "Wizz Air Adds Kazan to Budapest Timetable, Expands Marosvásárhely Service". MTI-Hungary Today. 8 July 2019. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
  27. ^ Архив новостей. "Международный аэропорт Казань". kazan.aero.
  28. ^ "Головной офис." Tatarstan Airlines. Retrieved on 28 October 2010. "420144, Россия, Татарстан, г. Казань, Аэропорт"
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  30. ^ Simon Hradecky (17 November 2013). "Crash: Tatarstan B735 at Kazan on Nov 17th 2013, crashed on go-around". Avherald.com. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  31. ^ Mark Hubert (9 May 2017). "Russian Pilots Protesting Mass License Revocations". Ainonline.com. Retrieved 9 May 2017.

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