Air Astana has made a number of flight schedule
changes that reflect the weakening demand on some routes due to
the ongoing COVID19 outbreak.
Since 1 March 2020, the number of
weekly services between Nur-Sultan (formerly Astana) and Seoul
have been reduced from two to one, whilst services between Almaty
and Seoul have been reduced from five to one per week.
Since 5 March, services between Nur-Sultan
and Baku have been suspended, whilst flights between Almaty and
Baku have been reduced from three to one per week.
Flights between Almaty and Hong Kong have been suspended,
as have all flights
between Kazakhstan and the Chinese cities of Beijing and Urumqi.
Other services affected include the immediate
suspension of services between Nur-Sultan and Paris until 31
May, the suspension of services between Almaty and Kuala Lumpur
between 14 April and 31 May following service reductions up
until those dates and the immediate suspension of scheduled
services between Almaty and Mumbai.
“Safety has always been the number one priority at
Air Astana, with the health and well-being of our passengers and
crew on board being of utmost concern at this time. In order to
help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, flights to China have
been cancelled, whilst flights to Azerbaijan and South Korea have
been reduced,” said Islam Sekerbekov, Air Astana Sales Director.
“Cabin crew on international flights are provided with facemasks
and additional attention is made to cleaning and disinfection of the aircraft cabin.”
Passengers holding tickets on the services
affected may rebook on alternative dates or receive a refund
without penalties, or alternatively consider re-routing using Air
Astana’s interline partner airlines.
Since further cancelations and scheduled changes are
still possible, passengers are advised to check with their airline
and travel insurance company for the latest news and to check for
any government travel advisories that may affect them.