Kazakhstan’s SCAT Airlines launches its first direct scheduled flights from Almaty to Saudi Arabia

One of the largest air carriers of Kazakhstan, SCAT Airlines, will start operating direct flights on such new air routes, as Almaty – Jeddah and Almaty – Medina.

This is the first regular flight between countries, previously transportation to Saudi Arabia was carried out only by charter flights on special quotas through travel agencies.

New direct flights will be especially convenient for residents of Kazakhstan who want to make umrah or hajj. Especially for this, the Saudi authorities opened an opportunity for citizens of 49 countries, including Kazakhstan to quickly obtain a multiple tourist visa – online or at the airport.

Daulet Hamzin, Director, Ground Handling Service, SCAT Airlines, said, “These flights have been waiting for the citizens of both countries, especially those citizens of Kazakhstan who plan to visit Saudi Arabia for the purpose of pilgrimage. Now it will be much easier. We have been transporting pilgrims from Kazakhstan and neighbouring countries to Jeddah and Medina for more than five years. We are familiar with this market as well as the needs of passengers and partners.”

The first flight departed from Almaty to Saudi Arabia on November 30, 2019. All flights will be operated on comfortable Boeing 757. Travel time is five hours. Departure on the route Almaty – Jeddah will be carried out every Saturday, and Almaty – Medina flight will be operated every Wednesday. The air ticket price comes to KZT 220,000+ (USD 1 = KZT 386.35). As regards these new flights, convenient connections with the cities of Kazakhstan are provided, which will provide comfortable transit for passengers. In addition, departures from Almaty are scheduled for morning hours, which allows you to arrive at your destination after lunch, thus saving your time and energy, as this is especially true for older pilgrims, whose number is more than half of all expected passengers.

The appearance of new scheduled flights to one of the most popular destinations from Kazakhstan will give a new impetus to develop relations between Kazakhstan and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The new flight will allow representatives of religious and business communities, as well as tourist groups to plan their trips with the most convenient flight schedule, saving one of the most important resources of modern society – time.

According to the speaker, simplification of the visa mode is a big step forward between Kazakhstan and Saudi Arabia. The introduction of electronic tourist visas is one of the factors that enabled SCAT Airlines to launch its own scheduled flights program. SCAT Airlines has scheduled to renew its aircraft fleet next year for these particular flights.

Source – https://tengrinews.kz/

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