FlyArystan Airlines announces on opening its new air base in Aktobe

The Kazakhstan’s low-cost airline will be based in another regional city of Kazakhstan – in Aktobe starting from the second quarter of 2020, the air carrier announced at a press lunch for Aktobe media, which was held today, September 13, in the central city of the country’s fourth region.

Aktobe is the first base in Western Kazakhstan, which will become the fourth FlyArystan’s air base after Almaty, Nur-Sultan and Karaganda.

The first low-cost airline began its operations with two 180-passenger seat Airbus A320 aircraft in Almaty. By 2020, FlyArystan plans to expand its fleet to 10 aircraft of the same type.

Peter Foster, President and CEO, Air Astana, is confident that the prospects to develop the entire region will open up to its people, as they will have an excellent opportunity to quickly and comfortably move both within the country and abroad. “FlyArystan’s planes fill at 94% on average and this is a high indicator that proves that Kazakhstan residents choose low rates and high quality. From now on, Aktobe residents will not have to travel through Almaty or Nur-Sultan to reach their final destination. Now, thanks to FlyArystan, the residents of Kazakhstan and tourists will be able to fly daily and directly from point A to point B at very affordable prices, thus saving their time. With two airplanes that will be based in this wonderful city, we can carry out up to 10-12 intermittent flights,” Peter Foster said.

He also expressed his confidence that this will positively affect the socio-economic development of the region and will attract even more businessmen and tourists to this vibrant city and region. Approximately 100-120 jobs will be created directly by the new air base in Aktobe. It is worth to draw attention to the fact that new jobs will appear not only in the airline, but also in other sectors, such as tourism, restaurant, retail and entertainment business, etc. All this will be possible thanks to the one million passenger seats that FlyArystan will offer the local population.

Urazalin Ondasyn, Governor, Aktobe Region, Kazakhstan, considers the Aktobe International Airport, as an extremely attractive one, as the region borders with two neighbouring countries, as well as six regions of Kazakhstan. This is a fundamental factor to develop the tourism sector locally, a significant increase of which has been observed in recent years. “If last year alone about KZT 3 billion was attracted to develop tourism projects in the Aktobe region, this year this figure has increased by 300%. Therefore, we have high expectations for the affordable wide air route network and affordable FlyArystan airfares and hope for mutually beneficial bilateral cooperation,” the Governor said.

The low-cost airline named FlyArystan is a division of Air Astana, based in Almaty and awarded the rating of a four-star airline for quality of service, as well as “The Best Airline of Central Asia and India” award according to the Skytrax World Airline Awards.

The FlyArystan fleet consists of two Airbus A320 aircraft in a configuration of 180 passenger seats, the average age of their operation is six years.

By 2022, the air carrier plans to increase its fleet to 15 aircraft, which will be based in different cities in Kazakhstan.

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