Kazan International Airport

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Kazan International Airport
Казан Халыкара Аэропорты
Qazan Xalıqara Aeroportı

Международный аэропорт Казань
Kazan Airport logo.png
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
Website www.kazan.aero
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

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?].


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 FIFA 2018 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.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Kazan International Airport is served by the following passenger airlines (as of August 2015), all of which operate out of Terminal 1A:[2][3]

Airlines Destinations
Aeroflot Moscow-Sheremetyevo
operated by Rossiya
St Petersburg
Seasonal: Sochi
Air Astana Almaty
airBaltic Riga[4]
Angara Airlines Chelyabinsk
Avia Traffic Company Bishkek
AZALJet Baku[5]
Azur Air Seasonal charter: Antalya, Cam Ranh, Goa-Dabolim,[6] Phuket
Buta Airways Baku (begins 1 September 2017)[7]
Czech Airlines Prague[8][9]
Dexter Air Taxi Penza,[10] Saratov
Ellinair Seasonal charter: Thessaloniki
operated by Nordic Regional Airlines
Seasonal: Helsinki
flydubai Dubai-International
Georgian Airways Tbilisi[11]
Ikar Seasonal charter: Cam Ranh, Phuket
Komiaviatrans Syktyvkar
Nordavia St Petersburg[12]
Nordwind Airlines Moscow-Sheremetyevo
Seasonal charter: Cam Ranh
Orenburzhye Orenburg, Samara
Royal Flight Seasonal charter: Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Dubai-Al Maktoum, Goa-Dabolim[6]
RusLine Yekaterinburg[13]
S7 Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo
SCAT Astana[14]
Somon Air Dushanbe, Khujand
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk
Turkmenistan Airlines Ashgabat
Ural Airlines Dusshnabe
Seasonal charter: Antalya, Dubai-International
UTair Aviation Moscow-Vnukovo,[15] Surgut, Ufa
Hajj charter: Jeddah, Madinah [16]
UVT Aero Chelyabinsk, Krasnodar,[17] Nizhnevartovsk,[17] Novosibirsk, Novy Urengoy, Perm,[18] Simferopol, Salekhard,[19] Sochi, St Petersburg, Surgut
Uzbekistan Airways Fergana, Samarkand, Tashkent
Yamal Airlines Tyumen


Passenger statistics[edit]

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

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.[20][21]

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.[22] 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.[23]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ak Bars Aero wins Volga contract; to absorb Tatarstan Air's assets". Ch-aviation.ch. 27 December 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2017. 
  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. ^ "AirBaltic begins flights between Riga and Kazan". Rbth.com. 27 April 2017. Retrieved 9 May 2017. 
  5. ^ "Azerbaijan Airlines Launches Low-cost AZALJet Service from late-March 2016". airlineroute. 
  6. ^ a b "Еще один авиаперевозчик заступает на популярный маршрут Казань-Гоа". International Airport Kazan. Retrieved 23 November 2015. 
  7. ^ "Buta Airways preliminary operation from Sep 2017". routesonline.com. 5 July 2017. Retrieved 10 July 2017. 
  8. ^ L, J (3 February 2016). "CSA Czech Airlines Adds Kazan Service from late-April 2016". Airline Route. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  9. ^ "Открыты продажи билетов на рейс Казань-Прага авиакомпании Czech Airlines". International Airport Kazan. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  10. ^ "Расписание движения самолетов в аэропорту г.Пенза". Аэропорт г. Пенза. Retrieved 27 March 2013. 
  11. ^ Liu, Jim (26 May 2017). "Georgian Airways adds Kazan route from June 2017". Routesonline. Retrieved 26 May 2017. 
  12. ^ Liu, Jim. "Nordavia expands St. Petersburg network in S17". Routesonline. Retrieved 6 April 2017. 
  13. ^ http://airlineroute.net/2015/07/20/7r-svx-jul15/
  14. ^ "SCAT открывает рейс из Астаны в Казань". LS — ФИНАНСОВОЕ АГЕНТСТВО. 15 June 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  15. ^ http://airlineroute.net/2015/10/08/ut-kzn-w15/
  16. ^ http://www.utair.ru/en/news/16099369.html
  17. ^ a b "UVT AERO ЗАПУСКАЕТ РЕЙСЫ В ХАНТЫ-МАНСИЙСК, КРАСНОДАР И НИЖНЕВАРТОВСК". Татарстан. 29 December 2015. Retrieved 4 January 2016. 
  18. ^ "ЮВТ АЭРО открывает рейсы Пермь - Казань и Пермь - Ханты-Мансийск". Коммерсантъ. 23 December 2015. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 
  19. ^ "Открываем полеты из Казани в Салехард". UVT Aero. Retrieved 3 March 2016. 
  20. ^ "Головной офис." Tatarstan Airlines. Retrieved on 28 October 2010. "420144, Россия, Татарстан, г. Казань, Аэропорт"
  21. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. 23–29 March 1994. 122. "Head office: Kazan Airport, Tatarstan 420017, Russia"
  22. ^ Simon Hradecky (17 November 2013). "Crash: Tatarstan B735 at Kazan on Nov 17th 2013, crashed on go-around". Avherald.com. Retrieved 9 May 2017. 
  23. ^ Mark Hubert (9 May 2017). "Russian Pilots Protesting Mass License Revocations". Ainonline.com. Retrieved 9 May 2017. 

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