Air passenger, cargo traffic decreases in Kazakhstan

Tourism Materials 4 March 2019 12:29 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 4

By Rashid Shirinov – Trend:

Air passenger traffic in Kazakhstan decreased by 8.3 percent year-on-year in January 2019, and passenger turnover – by 3.1 percent, Trend reports via Energyprom.kz.

It is worth noting that last year, air passenger traffic in Kazakhstan increased by almost 7 percent, and passenger turnover – by 12.5 percent compared to 2017.

There is a similar situation in air cargo: last year, cargo traffic increased by 29.8 percent, and cargo turnover – by 4.4 percent year-on-year. However, in January this year, cargo traffic decreased by 17.2 percent, and cargo turnover – by 23.3 percent year-on-year.

It should be noted that Kazakhstan’s national carrier Air Astana plans to develop the Uzbek direction this year: the frequency of flights to Tashkent will increase from April 1. In addition to the current daily flights from Almaty, additional flights will be operated at 21:00 on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

At the same time, additional flights from Astana, in addition to the current 4 flights per week, will be operated at 07:40 on Mondays and Thursdays.

The airline has been operating flights from Almaty to Tashkent since December 2010, and since May 2012 from Astana. Since the launch of flights to Uzbekistan, Air Astana has transported more than 500,000 passengers and 700 tons of cargo. The flights are operated on Airbus A320 and Embraer 190.

It is worth noting that another important direction will be opened next year: the airline plans to launch a direct flight from Kazakhstan to the US.


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