Over 11 million passengers served at Kazakhstan airports in January-August 2019

Aybek Alzhanov, Deputy Chairperson, Civil Aviation Committee, Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development, Kazakhstan, spoke about the domestic civil aviation sector development in his interview with PrimeMinister.kz.

According to him, there has been a steady increase in the civil aviation industry’s main indicators in terms of the number of passengers served at airports and passengers carried.

“We have an increase of about 24% in the number of passengers served at domestic airports. For example, in 2015 there were 12 million passengers; last year, about 15 million passengers were already served by our airports. This year, when considering the Jan-Aug 2019 reporting period, the number of passengers served at all Kazakh airports amounted to 11.8 million passengers, which is higher than the figures for the same period last year,” the Deputy Chairperson of the Civil Aviation Committee informed.

Also, according to the results for 2018, the number of passengers carried increased by 1.3 times. The total number of passengers carried over Jan-Aug 2019 amounted to 5.6 million people, which is by 1.8% more, as compared to the same period last year. According to Mr. Alzhanov, growth is associated with launching new flights the launch of new airlines.

As part of the implementation of the President’s Message named “The Third Modernization of Kazakhstan: Global Competitiveness”, the number of transit passengers in 2018 amounted to 900 thousand people, which is by 45% more than in 2017. For Jan-Aug 2019, the number of transit air passengers amounted to 642 thousand people. According to preliminary forecasts, the number of transit air passengers will amount to 1.6 million people.

In addition, the project of the Nurly Zhol State Program to be run until 2025 provides for the construction / reconstruction of 16 aerodromes for domestic airlines including Bayanaul in the Pavlodar region, Urjar, Zaysan and Ulken-Naryn in the East Kazakhstan region, Usharal in the Almaty region, Zhanibek, Sayhin and Kaztalovka on the West Kazakhstan region, Kulsary, Miyaly and Suyundik in the Atyrau region, Karkaralinsk and Ulytau in the Karaganda region, Saryagash in the Turkestan region, Arkalyk in the Kostanay region and  Shalkar in the Aktobe region.

Mr. Alzhanov noted that in recent years, negotiations have been held with more than 30 countries to create and expand the regulatory framework, as well as to resume and launch some flights, especially the ones to some prioritized destinations.

In 2019, letters were sent to a number of foreign airlines with a proposal to consider the possibility to launch direct flights by them. For example, letters were sent to American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines (USA), Cathay Pacific (Hong Kong), Alitalia (Italy), Iberia (Spain) and KLM (Netherlands).

The Civil Aviation Committee carried out its active work for the Routes Silk Road-2019 Forum, which was held on July 15 – 17, 2019 in Nur Sultan, and it was also aimed to launch some new international flights. During this Forum, Memorandum of Understanding were signed with one of the largest airlines in China, China Eastern Airlines, as well as with the Chinese low-cost Urumqi Airlines.

Source – http://lenta.inform.kz/

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