2 JULY 2018


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Article from BTNews 2 JULY 2018

Air Astana Russia record

In a season of anniversaries, Kazakh flag-carrier Air Astana has marked 16 years of successful operation in the Russian market after inaugurating services to Moscow in 2002, with the first flights from the Kazakh capital Astana and its largest city, Almaty.

Additional services were added between 2009 and 2012 between Astana and Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Omsk and St Petersburg, as well as between Almaty, Kazan and St Petersburg.

Two new services began last month from Astana to Tyumen and Kazan, bringing the total number of Russian cities being served from Kazakhstan to seven.

Airline president and CEO Peter Foster said: "Russia continues to be one of Air Astana’s most important markets and, together with China and India, service frequencies will continue to grow in the future.

“Our schedule includes daily flights from Moscow, Novosibirsk, St Petersburg and Yekaterinburg, with many passengers taking advantage of onward connections from the Astana and Almaty hubs to destinations in Asia, Caucasus, Central Asia and the Gulf.”

Since 2012, Air Astana has carried almost 4.5m passengers and 24,000 tons of cargo on services to Russia, with revenue passenger-kilometres exceeding 13m. Passenger load factor on Russian services during the first half of 2018 was almost 70%.


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