Air Astana has reported a 10% increase in passenger
traffic and a 17% uptick in revenues in the first half of the year
compared with H1 2017.
Between January 2018 and June 2018, the airline carried more than two million
The traffic growth was mainly driven by international passenger traffic
which is up
22% when compared to the same period in 2017.
International transit traffic in the first half of 2018 grew by
75% to 320,000 passengers on a strong base of 2017. The share of transit passengers reached 30% of Air Astana’s international
traffic, up from 21% for the same period last year.
Capacity was bolstered 8% as a result of the introduction of
new flights from Astana to Tyumen and Kazan, as well as additional
frequencies from Astana to London Heathrow (now daily), Omsk,
Dubai, Delhi, and from Almaty to Dushanbe, Baku, Hong Kong, Seoul
and Bishkek. Additional services were added to Beijing, Moscow,
St. Petersburg and Kiev from both hubs. The airline also launched new Atyrau-Frankfurt-Atyrau services
on 26 March.
Air Astana concluded a codeshare agreement with
Cathay Pacific in March, offering passengers convenient connections when
travelling on to Asia and Australia via Hong Kong. Cathay Pacific
is Air Astana’s
11th codeshare partner.
The national airline of Kazakhstan is also
continuing with its fleet renewal program. It welcomed three new
A321neo aircraft into its fleet as part of a total order for 17
In spring the airline commissioned its Aviation
and Technical Center at Astana Airport, which now provides
maintenance support to Air Astana’s fleet and intends to provide
services for third party airlines flying to Kazakhstan. The
facility has been further bolstered with the addition of a new
School of Aviation Mechanics, operating under EASA Part 66
Commenting on the results,
President and CEO, said, “Passenger numbers continue to be strong
for international traffic and network business. Domestic and
regional routes face tough pricing and cost headwinds”