Kazakh and foreign airlines launched seven international flights in 2019

Aibek Alzhanov, Deputy Chairperson, Civil Aviation Committee under the Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development, Kazakhstan, spoke about the transit air transport industry development in his interview with primeminister.kz, Kazinform news agency reported.

As Mr. Alzhanov noted, as regards the international transportations development, steady growth is observed. So, if in 2013 flights were operated to 73 destinations, then in 2019 they increased to 99 destinations.

The Civil Aviation Committee permanently negotiates with other countries to create a regulatory framework and full cooperation.

Since the beginning of 2019, Kazakh and foreign airlines have totally launched seven new international flights along the following air routes: Nur-Sultan – Prague, Nur-Sultan – Ulan-Bator, Almaty – Baku, Zhukovsky – Karaganda, Zhukovsky – Kokshetau, Zhukovsky – Petropavlovsk, Nur-Sultan – Ulan-Bator and Nur-Sultan – Tokyo.

Nowadays, eight airlines operate some 54 domestic flights in Kazakhstan.

It was also noted that this year an agreement was reached with the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation to increase the frequency of flights on the Nur-Sultan – Moscow air route from 12 to 21 times a week on each side with the appointment of second carriers not affiliated with Air Astana and Aeroflot. As regards Kazakhstan, SCAT Airlines has been appointed.

“Prior to this, 14 flights per week were operated by Air Astana, and this year, seven more flights have been added for SCAT Airlines. Currently, there are six flights a day on this air route, which, in turn, will affect the reduction in the passenger ticket costs,” Mr. Alzhanov said.

In addition, the first national low-cost airline named FlyArystan was launched, which currently operates some six air routes. Until the end of this year, the arrival of two more planes is expected, respectively, followed by an increase in air route network to many destinations. FlyArystan is expected to carry up to one million passengers by the end of the year. By 2023, the airline should receive about 10 aircraft. As a result, the air route network will be expanded to 54 air routes.

“Just recently it became known that a flight is being launched from Nur Sultan to Pavlodar, where the air ticket price comes to KZT 5,999+. We see competition in action here,” Mr. Alzhanov said.

At the same time, a package of measures will be envisaged to reconstruct existing and construct new runways, hubs, to develop and improve airport buildings, to modernize air navigation systems to bring them into line with the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization.

In particular, there are plans to develop the service infrastructure of transit through such Kazakh air hubs, as Nur-Sultan, Aktobe, Aktau and Almaty and launch additional international and transit air routes, modernize and update the fleet of Kazakh air carriers operating their international flights.

Source – http://lenta.inform.kz/

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