Tue, 24 April 2018

Visa-Free Stopover in Kazakhstan for Air Astana's Indian Passengers

Air Astana passengers holding Indian passports can now enjoy 72 hours visa-free stopovers in Kazakhstan.

Passengers with Air Astana flights transiting in the beautiful city of Almaty or the more modern city of Astana, simply need to notify check-in staff at the point of departure in order to enjoy the benefit of a visa free visit.

The Ascension Cathedral, a Russian Orthodox Cathedral, in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Picture by Steven Howard. Click to enlarge.

“Air Astana has been enjoying significant growth in transit traffic through the Almaty and Astana over the past two years, particularly from New Delhi,” said Richard Ledger, vice-president Marketing and Sales, Air Astana. “I’m in no doubt that the introduction of 72 hours visa-free entry to Kazakhstan for Indian passport holders will further boost transit traffic. We look forward to welcoming more Indian passengers on Air Astana flights and hope they enjoy the attractions of Almaty and Astana, particularly given our US$1 Stopover Holidays program that offers one night's accommodation with breakfast and return airport transfers.”

Air Astana offers daily Delhi – Almaty flights and a thrice weekly Delhi – Astana service operated by modern Airbus and Embraer aircraft. The direct flightx connecting the capitals of India and Kazakhstan were introduced on 2 July 2017.

Since introduction of the first flight between two countries Air Astana has carried almost 570 thousand passengers. Favourite Air Astana destinations for Indian passengers include Moscow, Kiev, Tbilisi, Baku, Istanbul and Bishkek. Additional cities, where Air Astana provides convenient onward flights include St. Petersburg, Omsk, Novosibirsk, Beijing and Urumqi as well London, Frankfurt, and Paris. Air Astana’s transit traffic for between January and March 2018 grew by 62% compared with the same period last year and represents almost 30% of total passenger traffic. 

The new service came into effect on 23 April 2018 and is currently scheduled to run until the end of the year, though it may be extended.

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