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Astana London Visa free

It was a double celebration for Air Astana, Kazakhstan’s national carrier, on 26 June when Peter Foster, airline President, brought his roadshow to London with a colourful reception for over 200 guests at Hyde Park’s prestigious Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

The carrier was marking the start of direct flights from Heathrow to Astana, Kazakhstan’s capital – three times weekly.  Making it even easier for business and leisure travellers to fly with the airline too is a relaxation on Visa requirements.   From 15 July passengers from the UK and nine other countries including Germany, France and the USA, can travel Visa free, saving the long, previous, Embassy queue.

At a press briefing at London’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel Mr Foster highlighted how significant the capital Astana is becoming – politically and economically – explaining the prominence away from Almaty, its home base.  Air Astana now operates the only non-stop flights from London to the Kazakhstan capital.  Flight time is around six hours.  The new schedules also enable passengers to connect on to Air Astana’s expanding network of services to destinations in Central Asia, the Caucasus, southern Russia and western China.  www.airastana.com

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