Kazakh air carriers advised to refrain from performing flights to Ukraine

Kazakhstan Materials 18 July 2014 19:16 (UTC +04:00)

Astana, Kazakhstan, July 18

By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:

After the crash of Malaysia's Boeing airliner in Ukraine, Kazakhstan's air carriers were advised to refrain from performing flights to this country, Deputy Chairman of Kazakh Civil Aviation Committee, Serik Muhtybaev told reporters on July 18.

"A tragedy occurred in Ukraine's airspace yesterday. We express our condolences to all relatives and friends of the victims," he said.

"We have been advised not to use the airspace of Ukraine until the cause of this accident is determined," Muhtybaev added.

The deputy chairman said that it is expected to receive recommendations from the air services of the EU and Ukraine, as well as the Interstate Aviation Committee on the possibility of performing flights in Ukraine's airspace.

"Currently, only Air Astana airline performs flights to Ukraine. We will make a decision to continue or suspend the flights to Kiev," Muhtybaev said.

On July 17, news reports revealed flight MH17 of Malaysia Airlines crashing in eastern Ukraine's Donetsk region, with 298 people on board. The "Boeing 777" plane, which was flying from Amsterdam to Malaysia, fell near the city of Shakhtersk.

Edited by CN