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Wed, 29 August 2018

Air Astana Reports H1 2018 Increase in Passenger Traffic

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 passengers.

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.

Air Astana Airbus A320. Click to enlarge.

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 aircraft.

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 License.

Commenting on the results, Peter Foster OBE, 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”

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