Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 21
By Rashid Shirinov – Trend:
Kazakhstan is working to open direct flights to the US, said Roman Sklyar, First Vice Minister of Industry and Infrastructural Development of Kazakhstan, Trend reports citing the Kazakh media.
"To fulfill the instructions of the head of state, legal framework has been established for flights to the US. Issues of providing state support to domestic companies for opening flights to the US will be worked out this year," Sklyar said, speaking at an expanded meeting of the ministry's board.
First Deputy Prime Minister Askar Mamin, who was present at the board, reminded that these flights will be unprofitable at the first stage and it is necessary to resolve the issue of subsidizing them.
"We are now preparing a package of documents for subsidizing flights. The Civil Aviation Committee and Air Astana must be audited by the US aviation authorities for compliance with safety criteria, and this takes a long time, about two years," Sklyar said.
Therefore, foreign companies may be attracted at the first stage. Thus, US airlines will be able to fly to Kazakhstan this year, and Kazakh airlines can fly to the US in 2021.
It should be noted that there is a steady development in the field of international transportation in Kazakhstan. Flights were carried out in 73 directions in 2013, and in 2018 their number increased to 96.
Last year, Kazakh and foreign airlines opened 14 new flights. Currently, 23 foreign airlines operate regular international passenger flights to the country.
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