Air Astana has increased flights to a number of
key destinations in its summer schedule.
The new schedule sees service frequencies
from Astana increase to Beijing (4) and Urumqi (6), China,
Istanbul, Turkey (4), London, UK (5), Novosibirsk, Russia (7),
Omsk, Russia (5), Tashkent, Uzbekistan (3), St Petersburg, Russia
(7), Tbilisi, Georgia (4), and Yekaterinburg, Russia (7).
In addition, Air Astana will be resuming a
service from Astana to Kiev, Ukraine on 2nd June 2017.
Transfer traffic currently accounts for 10% of
Air Astana’s business, but this is forecast to double in the next
few years. Strong focus is now being placed on transfer traffic
growth at Astana Airport, which will officially open a new
terminal in summer 2017 and more than doubles existing capacity to
eight million passengers per year.
The opening of the new terminal
will strengthen Astana Airport’s position as a leading hub for
Central Asia, with its catchment area covering 250 million people
in Central Asia, CIS and southern Russia. Air Astana currently
offers around 400 flights per week from and to Astana.
“Air Astana is delighted to announce a major
expansion of services from Astana this summer, with much improved
network connectivity between destinations in Asia, Central Asia,
Caucasus, China, Europe and Russia,” said
Peter Foster, President and CEO of Air Astana. “Our passengers
will travel smoothly through the new international terminal at
Astana Airport, which is opening in time for the influx of
visitors to Astana EXPO 2017.”
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