[HD videos below] Air Astana is to increase the number of flights
it operates between Kazakhstan and Urumqi in Western China.
Flights between Almaty and Urumqi will increase from three times a week to daily from
1 August 2012, while flights between Astana and Urumqi will
increase from twice weekly to four times per week from 17
All eleven weekly services to Urumqi will
be operated by Airbus A320 with 16 seats in business class and 132
in economy class.
Services to Urumqi from Astana and Almaty
commenced in November 2009 and July 2010 respectively. Over 150,000 passengers and 130 tons of
freight have thus far been carried on the rapidly growing routes.
"Flights from Kazakhstan to Urumqi, China’s regional trading
hub have proven to be very popular with both businessmen and
tourists over the past three years. Trade between the two
countries has expanded dramatically. Whilst Kazakh tourists are
attracted by world famous Chinese heritage sites, bathhouses and
exquisite cuisine, Chinese visitors travelling to Kazakhstan, the
world’s ninth largest country have been attracted by the diversity
of sophisticated, alpine Almaty and its ski resorts, futuristic
Astana, Silk Road heritage sites and the boundless steppes. By
increased services and consequent connectivity we aim to offer a
new gateway between Urumqi and our expanding network to Russia,
Central Asia, Turkey and Caucasus," said Ibrahim Canliel, Air
Astana vice president Marketing and Sales.
The Astana-Urumqi flight
takes 2 hours and 20 minutes, while Almaty-Urumqi flight takes 1
hour and 40 minutes.