Kazakh airline changes flight route to Azerbaijan due to Russian missile launches

Kazakhstan Materials 16 October 2015 10:28 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 16


Kazakhstan's national carrier Air Astana adjusted the flight route between the Kazakh city of Almaty and Azerbaijani capital of Baku due to Russian missile launches from the Caspian Sea, IA Novosti-Kazakhstan reported Oct. 16 citing Astana TV.

Reportedly, earlier the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) warned the airlines operating flights over the Caspian Sea that it may soon send recommendations on changing the flight routes due to missile launches.

Air Astana changed the route of the flight between Almaty and Baku due to the situation over the Caspian Sea.

The routes of the Almaty-Tbilisi and Almaty-Istanbul flights can also be changed in the near future, according to the report.

The aircraft will fly on routes going around the Caspian Sea, said the report.

Air Astana is currently awaiting an approval from Russia, over the territory of which these new routes run.

The airline said the duration of the Almaty-Baku flight has increased due to changes in flight trajectory, fuel consumption increased as well, but the cost of tickets is not affected.

"We, of course, ask passengers to take it with understanding, because it is a measure to increase the flight safety," a spokesman of the airline told Astana TV.