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Ğabdulla Tuqay Kazan International Airport

Габдулла Тукай исемендәге Казан Аэропорты

Международный аэропорт «Казань» имени Габдуллы Тукая
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; 49.28167
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)
Passengers (2022)4,018,000[1]
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)[2]

Kazan International Airport (Tatar: Казан Халыкара Аэропорты, Russian: Международный аэропорт Казань; IATA: KZN, ICAO: UWKD) is an international airport in Russia, around 25 km southeast of Kazan. It is the largest airport in Tatarstan, and the one of the busiest airports in Russia as well as in Post-Soviet States. Kazan International Airport served more than 5 million passengers in 2023.[3] In 2019 Airport was renamed to commemorate a Volga Tatar poet, critic, publisher, and towering figure of Tatar literature Ğabdulla Tuqay.[4]


Kazan Aeroexpress-Lastochka
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.[5]

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 Summer Universiade, 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.[6]

Airlines and destinations

Aeroflot Antalya, Mineralnye Vody, Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Sochi
Air Arabia Sharjah
Air Cairo Seasonal charter: Sharm El Sheikh[7]
Air Serbia Belgrade[8]
AlMasria Universal Airlines Seasonal charter: Hurghada,[9] Sharm El Sheikh[9]
Avia Traffic Company Bishkek
Azerbaijan Airlines Baku[10]
Azur Air Seasonal charter: Antalya, Dalaman, Hurghada, Phuket,[11] Sharm El Sheikh
Belavia Minsk
flydubai Seasonal: Dubai–International
Ikar Murmansk[12]
IrAero Baku
Kostroma Air Enterprise Kostroma
Nordstar Airlines Krasnoyarsk–International, Norilsk, Perm
Nordwind Airlines Barnaul, Dushanbe, Gorno-Altaysk (resumes 28 April 2024),[13] Grozny, Irkutsk, Kaliningrad, Kemerovo, Khujand, Krasnoyarsk–International, Makhachkala, Mineralnye Vody, Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Murmansk, Novokuznetsk, Omsk, Saint Petersburg, Sochi, Tomsk, Vladikavkaz, Yakutsk (begins 28 April 2024)[14]
Seasonal charter: Antalya,[15] Nha Trang,[15]
Pegasus Airlines Antalya, Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
Pobeda Istanbul, Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Sochi
Qazaq Air Aqtobe[16]
Red Wings Airlines Almaty, Antalya, Aqtau, Astana, Chelyabinsk, Istanbul, Kutaisi,[17] Nalchik (begins 4 May 2024),[18] Novy Urengoy, Omsk, Tbilisi,[17] Yekaterinburg, Yerevan
Seasonal charter: Colombo-Bandaranaike,[19] Hurghada, Phuket,[20] Sharm El Sheikh
Rossiya Saint Petersburg
Seasonal charter: Hurghada
RusLine Khanty-Mansiysk, Naryan-Mar, Saint Petersburg
S7 Airlines Moscow–Domodedovo, Novosibirsk
SCAT Airlines Taraz[21]
Severstal Air Company Cherepovets
Smartavia Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Saint Petersburg, Sochi
Somon Air Dushanbe
Southwind Airlines[22] Seasonal charter: Antalya[23]
Turkish Airlines Istanbul
Seasonal: Antalya,[24] Bodrum, Dalaman
Turkmenistan Airlines Ashgabat
Ural Airlines Bishkek, Dushanbe, Hurghada,[25] Khujand, Osh, Sharm El Sheikh,[25] Sochi, Yekaterinburg
Utair Omsk, Samara, Surgut, Tyumen, Ufa
UVT Aero Astrakhan, Barnaul, Gorno-Altaysk, Grozny, Kemerovo, Krasnoyarsk–International, Makhachkala, Moscow–Vnukovo, Murmansk, Nizhnevartovsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Novy Urengoy, Omsk, Orenburg, Perm,[26] Petrozavodsk, Samara, Saransk, Sarartov, Sochi, Surgut, Tobolsk, Tomsk, Usinsk, Yaroslavl
Uzbekistan Airways Fergana, Samarqand, Tashkent
Yamal Airlines Salekhard


Passenger statistics

Graphs are unavailable due to technical issues. There is more info on Phabricator and on
Annual passenger traffic at KZN airport. See Wikidata query.
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

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.[28][29]

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.[30] Investigations revealed the pilot had not completed his primary flight training, a revelation which then led Russia's Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya) to revoke hundreds of pilots' licenses.[31]

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.[32][33]

See also


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