Turkey's flag carrier, Turkish Airlines (THY), has allowed Tatar passengers to open up to the world through Istanbul since it launched flights to Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia in 2006. Previously, Tatar passengers had access to the rest of the world through the Russian capital of Moscow. Ömer Aydın Yuvaç, THY manager in Kazan, said the airline initially launched three flights from Istanbul's Atatürk Airport to Kazan per week and it has been offering flights to the city every day since April 2014.
According to Yuvaç's statements, THY's ever-growing flight network is bringing great rewards to the company, which can offer various travel options to passengers thanks to its range of destinations. Having an occupancy rate of 80 percent during the summer season and of between 70 percent to 75 percent during the winter season, THY carries around 80,000 passengers a year. A total of 60 percent of these passengers fly to Turkey and the rest of them fly to other destinations across the world through Istanbul. Passengers do not have to wait in a location thanks to THY's connection flights, Yuvaç added.