Monthly Archives: January 2014

Air Astana cancels a number of flights to Atyrau on Friday

The Air Astana JSC, the Kazakhstan’s
flag air carrier, has canceled its flights to Atyrau on Friday, January 31,
2014, the Air Company’s  twitter account says.

“Due to the high atmospheric pressure in Atyrau, the flights from Moscow to Astana and
Atyrau were canceled”, one said in a statement. One also reported that the flight
#957/958 and #181/182 en route Atyrau – Aktau were also canceled on Friday
because of weather conditions.

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Tajik Air Navigation SUE is a profitable venture

“Following the 2013 production figures, the Tajik Air Navigation State Unitary
Enterprise (SUE) indicates the dynamics of the quality and effectiveness, as
regards the enterprise development aimed at improving safety in the airspace”, Anwar
Makhsudov, Director General/CEO, Tajik Air Navigation SUE, said today at the
final press conference.

According to him, despite the overall decline in the number of aircraft
served in Kulyab and Kurgan-Tube, there is a steady increase. “The main reasons
for increasing the intensity of flights to Kulyab was increasing the flight
frequency from eight to 19 flights per week by the air carriers flying from Tajikistan to the Russian Federation”, the CEO of
this SUE said.

Furthermore, such airlines, S7 Airlines, Ural Airlines, and East Air launched
new flights from Tajikistanto Russia.

“The current state of the Tajik Air Navigation SUE activities shows that
the company is profitable. A cumulative financial foundation was created for
the development of structural units that will introduce modern technology to
provide with qualitative air navigation services”, Mr. Makhsudov said.

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Tajik Air Navigation SUE provided services to 309 airlines

In 2013, the Tajik Air Navigation State Unitary Enterprise (SUE) provided
air navigation services to 309 airlines when involving different aviation structures
in Tajikistanand abroad. Of these, 24 airlines operate flights on a regular basis and 285 on
the irregular basis, Anwar Makhsudov, CEO, Tajik Air Navigation SUE, announced
today at the final press conference.

“The analysis showed that airlines used 130 types of aircraft for
operating their flights to Tajik airports”, Mr. Makhsudov noted.

According to him, as compared with the 2012 figures, the total income of
the SUE for 2013 has been increased by 4%, while expenditures amounted to 8.4%.

In 2013, the SUE served 66,073 aircraft or by 7,193 less than in 2012.

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Tajik Air reduced air flights in 2013

In 2013, Tajik Air, the Tajikistan’s
flag air carrier, operated 2,011 paired flights or by 541 flights less, as
compared with this indicator for 2012, Firuz Hamroev, CEO, Tajik Air, reported
during a press conference this week.

According to him, Tajik Air served 367,000 passengers in total in 2013. In 2012, this figure
was a little bit higher than 422,000 passengers.

The Airline carried 343,200 passengers by its international flights,
which is by 1.1% less than in 2012.

As regards domestic flights, their number has been decreased by 67.5%.
In total, 24,600 passengers were carried on domestic airlines in 2013. According
to Mr. Hamroev, such reduction of air flights on domestic airlines was mainly
caused by reducing the frequency of flights from Dushanbe to Hudzhand.

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Training on conflict situations held at Manas International Airport

On January 29, 2014, demonstration classes on eliminating conflicts were
held at the Manas – airport checkpoint, the Airport’s Public Relations
Department reported and media of the State Border Service reported.

As indicated, the personnel was working out the action and interacting
border control authorities in case of emergency situations.

“One was checking the actions of border guards to localize a conflict
situation through the passport control line, as well as worked out an action of
the State Border Service’s team in a situation when there was a legend of misconduct
a group of people at the checkpoint”, the State Border Service reported.

In addition, one was updating the skills of personnel to negotiate with
conflicting and efficiency of border guards’ actions on interaction with other structures
in localizing the conflict situation.

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Measures to be taken in regard to Somon Air for violation of antitrust laws

The Antimonopoly Office of Tajikistan will take an action against
airlines violating antitrust laws of the country – but only after a thorough
analysis of the aviation market.

A head of the Anti-Monopoly Service under the Government of Tajikistan, Abdusamad
Radjabov, said reporters on Friday that, in December 2013, there was a meeting
of the Consultative Council to improve the investment climate under the
President of the Republic, in particular, the relevant ministries and agencies
including the Anti-Monopoly Service were recommended to analyze the situation
in the air transport market of the country.

“One proposed not only to revise airfares but also to consider the measures
to improve service delivery in domestic airports, creating favourable
conditions for receiving and sending passengers”, he noted.

According to Mr. Radjabov, a working group was formed to implement this
recommendation, which is engaged in research and analysis activities, as
regards all domestic airlines, carrying out transportation on domestic air routes.

Mr. Radjabov has confirmed that Somon Air has raised airfares for
domestic flights en route Dushanbe – Hudzhand – Dushanbe last time without
the consent of the antimonopoly agency, as required by the antitrust laws.

“At the moment, we are exclusively engaged in market analysis, we study
the validity of the tariff increase, and only then we will make concrete
decisions”, he said, refusing to comment further on this topic.

We remind herein that Tajik Air has temporarily stopped its flights to Hudzhand, Tajikistan,
recently due to unprofitability of this flight. Somon Air, in turn, operates
flights from Dushanbe to Hudzhand and back twice a day.

According to the Airline’s Call Centre, the today’s one way airfare varies
from TJS 370 to TJS 420.

Observations show that the airfare rises closer to the date of
departure, but Somon Air could not explain this fact.

The Air Company noted that this air route is opened for all air carriers,
therefore, there was no question of the monopoly and if other airlines have the
desire to operate their flights here they have every right to do so.

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Snowfall in Baku, Azerbaijan, does not affect the airport

Despite heavy snowfall in Baku, Azerbaijan, the Geidar Aliev International Airportcontinues to send and receive flights normally, the Airport told Trend.

There was heavy snow in Baku on Thursday and one expects worsening weather conditions.

Forecasters predict unstable weather conditions, which will be observed
in the country since the second half of January 30, 2014, to the end of the

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Plane, heading to Namangan, makes emergency landing in Yekaterinburg

The airplane of Ural Airlines, flying from Yekaterinburg to Namangan (flight U6-2963)
made an emergency landing after take-off.

An emergency situation occurred on the board of the plant Airbus A321 at
around 13:00 (local time).

According to the press service of the airline, air conditioning system
of the plane failed to work during take-off.

The crew switched off the failed system and decided to return to Koltsovo Airport in Yekaterinburg. At 13:20, the
plan landed at the airport. None of passengers were injured, according to
preliminary reports.

It is expected that 52 passengers, including two children, will fly to Namangan 1t 19:30 local
time with another plane. The passengers were accommodated in local hotel, where
they will stay till new flight.

The commission is working to determine why the air conditioning system
of the plane failed.

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Kazakhstan has enough aircraft for charter flights to Turkey

Kazakhstan has enough aircraft for charter
flights to Turkey,
the Civil Aviation Committee under the Kazakh Ministry of Transport and
Communications stated, reports citing the Press Service of the
Committee for Tourism Industry, Ministry of Industry and New Technologies of

“According to the Civil Aviation Committee, the need in air transportations
on the KazakhstanTurkey air route
will be satisfied”, one said in a statement distributed at the roundtable
discussions in the Ministry of Industry on organizing charter flights in the
upcoming summer tourist season.

One notes, “given that the annual growth of passenger air traffic on
this destination is not more than 15 per cent, the demand in 2014 is estimated
at 265,000 passengers”.

“At the moment, the SCAT Airlines, Kazakhstan, has provided seven
Boeings for the tourist season in 2014, which can carry up to 190,000
passengers. Also, such airlines, as Euro-Asia Air, Invest Avia and Bek Air
intend to allocate eight aircraft, thus providing transportation of around 74,000
passengers. However, Air Astana, the flag air carrier of Kazakhstan, plans
to carry about 28,000 passengers on this destination”, the press release said.

Marat Igaliev, Chairperson, Tourism Industry Committee under the Kazakh Ministry
of Industry and New Technologies (MINT) noted that countries of the World
Tourism Organization (UNWTO), including Kazakhstan, develop a Global Tourism
Security Convention. The document establishes uniform rules and standards for
the protection of tourists, providing their security during their stay in the
territory of foreign states. Consumers’ protection will be provided not only in
the event of bankruptcy of travel companies, but also in case of natural
disasters and unscrupulous acts of tour operators.

Nurlan Sauranbayev, Vice Minister of Industry and New Technologies, noted,
“the position of the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies to the upcoming
summer vacation season is to maximally protect the rights of Kazakh tourists”.
He instructed a working group, which will include all stakeholders. On a
regular basis, the Group should discuss the issues related to organization of
charter flights in the upcoming summer tourist season.

We remind herein that hundreds of Kazakhs could not fly home because of
the bankruptcy of the Sky Airlines, Turkey. The Ministry on Emergency
Situations of Kazakhstan involving several aircraft to return these tourists toKazakhstan.
According to rough estimates, this state has spent about US $1 million. Because
of the actions of this Turkish airline, 800 tourist companies suffered in Kazakhstan.
After this incident, Kazakhstanadopted amendments to the law, which are directed to limit charter flights out
of the country by foreign airlines. These changes have also caused controversy:
some thought that the law will stimulate the development of civil aviation in Kazakhstan and
others said that the ban on charters can break rest of Kazakhs due to lack of local

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Kazakhstan expects joining Montreal Convention on Air Travel in 2014

The Ministry of Transport and Communications of Kazakhstan relies entering
the Montreal Convention on Air Travel – 1999 in 2014, Azat Bekturov, Vice Minister of
Transport and Communications, said on Wednesday.

“As part of the legal framework, we have recently made ​​big changes in the aviation legislation and will continue to do so; for
this purposes, we are working to join Kazakhstan with the Montreal Convention
of 1999, it will be done this year, at present, this Convention is being
coordinated in public bodies”, Mr. Bekturov said at a conference, “Aviation Days
in Kazakhstan”.

In turn, Jordan Karamalak, Regional Manager of the International Air
Transport Association (IATA) for Central Asia, said during the conference that the Convention
involves the introduction of an electronic air cargo clearance instead of a
paper one. “If the country missed the deadline of the program implementation,
the entire aviation industry of Kazakhstan will be in isolation from the world aviation space”, he said.

In addition, as previously reported by the Ministry of Transport and
Communications, the ratification of the Montreal Convention will provide an
opportunity to Kazakh passengers to use the services of Western air carriers to
protect their interests in their place of residence – for example, in the case
of cancellation, substitution, delay, loss or damage to baggage. Currently, a
lawsuit by a foreign company may be submitted only at the airline’s registration

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