Kazakhstan to ban charter flights made by foreign companies
Kazakhstan, Astana, July 13/ Trend D. Mukhtarov /
The charter flights from Kazakhstan made by foreign companies will be banned from July 21, the Kazakh Ministry of Transport and Communication said on Friday.
The measure is aimed at ensuring passengers' guarantees on rendering qualitative and timely services by airlines.
Currently, charter companies operating in the territory of Kazakhstan, conclude agreements on rendering the services directly with tour operators and do not carry responsibility for passengers for cancellation or delay of flights.
"The permissions will be given to foreign carriers to carry out charter flights in the territory of Kazakhstan up to July 21," Chairman of the Civil Aviation Committee under the ministry Beken Seidakhmetov said. "Nevertheless, they will be able to continue their activity by transferring current flights to the regular format. It is necessary to make amendments to the intergovernmental agreement, through which air communication is made between two countries."
As opposed to the charter flights, the schedule of regular flights is agreed between the aviation administrations of two countries and responsibility for their implementation is determined through an intergovernmental agreement.
The Kazakh tourists failed to return to Kazakhstan with their tickets on time as the result of bankruptcy of Turkish Sky Airlines company. They returned at the state expense. The similar situations also occurred in previous years.
The law on "Amendments and additions to some legislative acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan", envisaging the ban for foreign carriers to make charter flights in the territory of the Republic, will come into force on July 21.