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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 AMSL410 ft / 125 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 the airport in Tatarstan
KZN is located in European Russia
Location of the airport in Russia
KZN is located in Europe
Location of the airport in Europe
Direction Length Surface
ft m
11L/29R 12,218 3,724 Concrete
Statistics (2018)
Time zoneUTC +4
Operating time7.00-24.00, all year
Most popular international flightIstanbul, Turkey
Sources: Russian Federal Air Transport Agency (see also provisional 2018 statistics)[1]

Kazan International Airport (Tatar: Казан Халыкара Аэропорты, romanized: Qazan Xalıqara Aeroportı, Russian: Международный аэропорт Казань; IATA: KZN, ICAO: UWKD) is an airport in Russia, around 25 km southeast of Kazan. It is the largest airport in Tatarstan, and the 15th-busiest airport in Russia. The Kazan International Airport serves the nearly 3.8 million citizens of the region.


Kazan Aeroexpress-Lastochka
Inside Kazan Airport, departure hall
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 after a disaster.[2]

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 and 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 3,700 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.

Following the opening of new air routes and an increase of flights through existing routes, the Kazan Airport reached a record of 2.5 million passengers transported in less than a year at the beginning December 2017.[3]

Airlines and destinations

Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo
Seasonal: Anapa, Krasnodar, Sochi
Air Serbia Belgrade[4]
Avia Traffic Company Bishkek
Azimuth Krasnodar, Rostov-on-Don
Azur Air Seasonal charter: Bukhara, Cairo, Dubai–International, Goa, Qarshi, Sochi
Belavia Minsk
Buta Airways Baku
flydubai Seasonal: Dubai–International
Nordwind Airlines Baku, Bishkek, Dushanbe, Kaliningrad, Khujand, Minsk, Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Simferopol, Sochi, St. Petersburg, Tashkent, Yerevan
Seasonal charter: Antalya,[5] Dalaman,[5] Hurghada,[5] Nha Trang,[5] Pattaya,[5] Phuket,[5] Punta Cana,[5] Sharm El Sheikh[5]
Orenburzhye Orenburg
Pobeda Krasnodar, Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Sochi, St. Petersburg
Seasonal: Anapa
Red Wings Airlines Astana, Sarartov, Yekaterinburg
Seasonal: Simferopol, Sochi
Rossiya St. Petersburg
Seasonal charter: Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah, Sochi
RusLine Arkhangelsk, Bryansk,[6] Kaluga, Krasnodar, Moscow–Vnukovo, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg
S7 Airlines Bishkek, Fergana, Moscow–Domodedovo, Novosibirsk
Seasonal: Hurghada,[7] Sharm El Sheikh[7]
Smartavia Simferopol, St. Petersburg
Smartwings Prague
Somon Air Dushanbe, Khujand
Turkish Airlines Istanbul
Turkmenistan Airlines Ashgabat
Ural Airlines Baku, Dubai–International, Issyk-Kul, Moscow–Domodedovo, Orenburg, Osh, Simferopol, Yerevan
Utair Lipetsk, Moscow–Vnukovo, Tyumen, Ufa
Seasonal: Surgut
UVT Aero Astrakhan, Barnaul, Chelyabinsk, Kaliningrad, Kemerovo, Krasnoyarsk–Yemelyanovo, Makhachkala, Moscow–Zhukovsky, Nizhnevartovsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Novy Urengoy, Omsk, Perm, Petrozavodsk, Samara, Surgut, Usinsk, Volgograd, Voronezh, Yaroslavl
Uzbekistan Airways Fergana, Tashkent
Wizz Air Budapest
Yamal Airlines Seasonal charter: Sochi


Passenger statistics

Annual passenger traffic at KZN airport. See Wikidata query.
Annual passenger traffic[8]
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

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

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

Tatarstan Airlines had its head office on the airport property.[9][10]

Accidents and incidents

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 six crew members died.[11] 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.[12]

On 21 December 2016, a man drove his car through the airport's terminal while under the influence of drugs, causing an estimated 6,000,000 Russian rubles (US$100,000) in damage. The suspect, identified as Ruslan Nurtdinov, was charged with violating traffic rules, endangerment, and drug trafficking.[13][14]

See also


  1. ^ "Объемы перевозок через аэропорты России" [Transportation volumes at Russian airports]. (in Russian). Federal Air Transport Agency. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Ak Bars Aero wins Volga contract; to absorb Tatarstan Air's assets". 27 December 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Kazan Airport reaches the record of 2.5 million passengers –". Archived from the original on 23 May 2018.
  4. ^ "EKSKLUZIVNO-NAJAVE: Air Serbia pokreće Beograd-Kazan".
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h "Flight Search".
  6. ^ Liu, Jim (20 December 2019). "RusLine adds new domestic sectors in 1Q20". Routesonline. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  7. ^ a b "S7 Airlines expands Egypt, UAE service". 9 September 2021.
  8. ^ Архив новостей. "Международный аэропорт Казань".
  9. ^ "Головной офис." Tatarstan Airlines. Retrieved on 28 October 2010. "420144, Россия, Татарстан, г. Казань, Аэропорт"
  10. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. 23–29 March 1994. 122. "Head office: Kazan Airport, Tatarstan 420017, Russia"
  11. ^ Simon Hradecky (17 November 2013). "Crash: Tatarstan B735 at Kazan on Nov 17th 2013, crashed on go-around". Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  12. ^ Mark Hubert (9 May 2017). "Russian Pilots Protesting Mass License Revocations". Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  13. ^ "Driver Sentenced After Kazan Airport Rampage". RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty. Retrieved 18 March 2021.
  14. ^ Staff, Our Foreign (24 December 2016). "'I was fighting for love!' Russian man sparks security scare by driving into airport - to meet his girlfriend". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 18 March 2021.