Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 8
By Rashid Shirinov – Trend:
The first low-cost airline of Kazakhstan FlyArystan, which will be a subsidiary of Air Astana company, and will be launched in the first half of 2019, President of Air Astana Peter Foster said, according to Kapital.kz.
"Airbus A320 aircraft with a configuration of 180 economy-class seats only will be operated. Ticket prices will be 2 times lower than those Air Astana has now,” he noted.
The airline president added that the flights will be initially carried out in domestic directions, but in the medium term it is planned to expand the flight geography to the near abroad.
At first, FlyArystan fleet will consist of 4 aircraft, but by 2022 their number will increase to 15.
"FlyArystan will operate in accordance with the high standards of safety and reliability that Air Astana has," Foster said.
The flight schedule and directions of the low-cost company will be known later, but ticket booking will begin in March 2019, he added.
At the November 2 meeting with the Investment and Development Minister Zhenis Kassymbek, Independent Director of Samruk-Kazyna JSC Richard Evans and President of Air Astana Peter Foster, President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev set a task to create a low-cost airline in the country.
The meeting discussed the development of civil aviation in Kazakhstan, as well as the current state and future prospects of Air Astana.
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