Kazan International Airport

Kazan International Airport
Qazan Xalıqara Aeroportı / Казан Халыкара Аэропорты
Международный аэропорт Казань
Summary
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
Map
KZN
Location of airport in Tatarstan
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
11L/29R 12,218 3,724 Concrete
Statistics (2017)
Passengers 2,623,423
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: 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.

History

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

Kazan International Airport is served by the following passenger airlines (as of August 2015), all of which operate out of Terminal 1A:[3][4]

AirlinesDestinations
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Frankfurt
Air Astana Almaty, Astana[5]
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga
AtlasGlobal Seasonal charter: Dalaman[6]
Avia Traffic Company Bishkek
Azimuth Rostov-on-Don
Azur Air Seasonal charter: Antalya, Cam Ranh, Dubai-Al Maktoum, Goa-Dabolim, Phuket
BelaviaMinsk[7]
Buta AirwaysBaku
Czech AirlinesPrague
Finnair
operated by Nordic Regional Airlines
Seasonal: Helsinki
flydubai Dubai–International
Georgian Airways Tbilisi[8]
I-Fly Seasonal charter: Antalya[9]
Nordavia St Petersburg
Seasonal: Sochi
Nordwind Airlines Moscow-Sheremetyevo
Seasonal charter: Dubai-International
OrenburzhyeOrenburg, Penza
Pegas Fly Seasonal charter: Cam Ranh, Djerba, Haikou, Phuket
PobedaAnapa, Sochi
RusLine Yekaterinburg
S7 Airlines Moscow–Domodedovo, Novosibirsk[10][11]
Somon Air Dushanbe
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk[12]
Turkmenistan Airlines Ashgabat
Ural Airlines Dushanbe, Moscow-Domodedovo
Seasonal charter: Bologna,[13] Dubai-International
Utair Surgut, Ufa, Volgograd[14]
Hajj charter: Jeddah, Madinah
Utair
operated by Iraero
Moscow-Vnukovo[15]
UVT Aero Barnaul, Kaliningrad, Krasnodar, Makhachkala (begins 3 August 2018), Nizhnevartovsk, Novy Urengoy, Perm, Simferopol, Salekhard, Sochi, St Petersburg, Surgut, Ufa
Seasonal: Batumi[16]
Uzbekistan Airways Fergana, Tashkent

Statistics

Passenger statistics

Annual Passenger Traffic[17]
Year Passengers % Change
2004309,900
2005393,600 27%
2006445,700 13.2%
2007616,400 38.3%
2008751,500 22%
2009675,700 -10.1%
2010958,500 41.8%
20111,227,000 28%
20121,487,000 21.2%
20131,847,000 24.2%
20141,942,408 5.2%
20151,799,267 7.4%
20161,923,223 6.9%
20172,623,423 36.4%

Arrivals and departures

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

Cargo handled

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

Other facilities

Tatarstan Airlines had its head office on the airport property.[18][19]

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 6 crew members died.[20] 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.[21]

See also

References

  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://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.
  5. Liu, Jim (28 February 2018). "Air Astana plans new Russian routes from June 2018". Routesonline. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  6. Liu, Jim (15 March 2018). "AtlasGlobal adds new Russian scheduled charters in S18". Routesonline. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  7. "Авиакомпания «Белавиа» в апреле откроет рейс Казань-Минск". БИЗНЕС Online (in Russian). Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  8. Liu, Jim (21 November 2017). "Georgian Airways resumes Kazan route in S18". Routesonline. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  9. http://b2b.tui.ru/default.php?page=freight_monitor&
  10. "Russia, Novosibirsk, Tolmachevo (OVB)SwapRussia, Kazan (KZN)". S7.ru. S7 Airlines. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  11. Liu, Jim (5 March 2018). "S7 Airlines boosts Novosibirsk domestic network in S18". Routesonline. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  12. Liu, Jim (17 July 2018). "Turkish Airlines S19 Short-Haul increases as of 16JUL18". Routesonline. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  13. Liu, Jim (19 April 2018). "Ural Airlines adds Bologna scheduled charters in S18". Routesonline. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  14. Liu, Jim (13 April 2018). "UTair expands Volgograd service from May 2018". Routesonline. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  15. Талавринов, Максим (16 April 2018). ""ЮТэйр" начала летать на самолетах Superjet 100". Авиатранспортное обозрение (in Russian). ATO.ru. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  16. Liu, Jim (2 March 2018). "UVT Aero adds Kazan – Batumi in S18". Routesonline. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  17. Архив новостей. "Международный аэропорт Казань". kazan.aero.
  18. "Головной офис." Tatarstan Airlines. Retrieved on 28 October 2010. "420144, Россия, Татарстан, г. Казань, Аэропорт"
  19. "World Airline Directory." Flight International. 23–29 March 1994. 122. "Head office: Kazan Airport, Tatarstan 420017, Russia"
  20. Simon Hradecky (17 November 2013). "Crash: Tatarstan B735 at Kazan on Nov 17th 2013, crashed on go-around". Avherald.com. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  21. Mark Hubert (9 May 2017). "Russian Pilots Protesting Mass License Revocations". Ainonline.com. Retrieved 9 May 2017.

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