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New runway commissioned in Kazan airport ahead of Universiade-2013

June 20, 2013, 16:16 UTC+3

The new 3,750-meter runway runs parallel to the old one but is by 1,250 meters longer

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KAZAN, June 20 (Itar-Tass) - A new runway has been commissioned at Kazan’s international airport ahead of schedule as part of the preparations for the World Student Games 2013.

Thus, according to the president of the republic of Tatarsta, Rustam Minnikhanov, the Kazan airport is completing its modernization.

The new 3,750-meter runway that was commissioned on Thursday runs parallel to the old one but is by 1,250 meters longer. The width of the new runway is 60 meters, or by 15 meters more than the old one.

Now, the Kazan airport will be able of handling big planes of the Airbus-380 type. The most advance navigation and the lightning system makes it possible to accommodate airplanes in the most complicated weather conditions.

A total of 4.5 billion roubles have been allocated from the federal budget to sponsor the overhaul of the Kazan airport since 2011.

According to Minnikhanov, the project of the Kazan airport modernization was included into the federal program, which was implemented two years ahead of schedule thanks to the Universiade-2013.

“Passenger traffic has already exceeded 1.5 million people, while the airport is capable of handling up to 2.5million passengers a year,” the president of Tatarstan said.

Further plans provide for the construction of two more terminals that will make it possible to reach a passenger traffic of five to six million a year.

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