Air Astana launches a new Almaty – Tehran flight

On June 30, 2016, the Kazakhstan’s
national air carrier, Air Astana, launches a new direct flight en route Almaty, KazakhstanTehran, Iran. These flights will be
operated three times a week on modern Embraer-190 aircraft, having 88 passenger
seats of the economy class and nine seats of the business class”, according to
Air Astana.

The flight schedule is as follows: the flight #KC 251 takes off from
Almaty at 10:55 am, arrives in Tehranat 01:20 pm. The return flight # KC 252 departs from Tehran at 02:20p.m. and arrives in Almaty at 07:05
pm (time is local for all airports). These flights are operated on Tuesdays,
Thursdays and Saturdays.

The opening of this new destination will give impetus to develop tourism
between the two countries, and will increase the air company’s transit flow of
passengers due to convenient connections to such cities, as Beijingand Urumqi. The
new flight will contribute to the development of business and cultural ties
between Iran and Kazakhstan.
According to the MFA of Kazakhstan, the commodity turnover between the two
countries amounted to about US $1 billion in 2015. In addition, Kazakh-Iranian
joint enterprises operate in Kazakhstanand one develops cooperation in cultural, scientific sectors and trade.

Ibrahim Zhanlyel, Senior Vice-President, Sales and Marketing Department,
Air Astana JSC, said: “I am confident that our Iranian guests will be
interested in the history and culture of Kazakhstan, but apart from that
Almaty has to offer luxurious mountain ski resorts, cultural events throughout
the year, great variety of shopping malls and fine dining at a reasonable price
and quality. The new destination, connecting Kazakhstanwith Iran, will provide
convenient connections to the Air Astana’s flight network in the CIS and Asia,
in particular to Beijing and Urumqi”.

The average duration of the Almaty – Tehranflight is three hours and 55 minutes, Tehran– Almaty flight lasts three hours and 30 minutes. The minimum cost of a round-trip
economy class air ticket, including all taxes except for the service, is KZT 97,867+,
in business class, it comes to KZT 315,070+.

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