BAKU, Azerbaijan, Jul. 7
By Nargiz Sadikhova - Trend:
Kazakhstan’s Qazaq Air will start operating flights on the Nur-Sultan - Balkhash, Nur-Sultan - Usharal and Almaty – Zhezkazgan routes, Trend reports with reference to the Kazakhstan’s Civil Aviation Committee.
The committee said that because the subsidized flights on the Nur-Sultan – Tokyo route were suspended due to coronavirus restrictions, 385.1 million tenge ($949,246) of subsidies were redistributed on the domestic touristic routes.
Thus, the additional competition for Nur-Sultan - Balkhash, Nur-Sultan - Usharal and Almaty – Zhezkazgan subsidized routes was held with participation of SCAT, Qazaq Air, Southern Sky and ZhezAir airline companies.
Following the competition results, Qazaq Air gained access for implementation of flights on all the three subsidized routes.
The company will operate flights on the Nur Sultan – Balkhash and Nur Sultan – Usharal routes four times a week, and on the Almaty – Zhezkazgan route - twice a week.
In March 2020, in order to prevent coronavirus spread in Kazakhstan, the number of flights was reduced by 438 flights per week on international destinations on 97 routes, which makes up 99 percent of all international flights implemented.
Additionally, all domestic flights have been canceled and no regular air services operated in the country over April 2020. Starting May 1, 2020, the ban on implementation of flights was lifted completely for domestic flights and is stage-by-stage being lifted on international flights, leading local airline companies to work on restoration of flights operation.
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