Air Astana Launches Flights Between Astana and Bishkek

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Thursday, 25 April 2013

Kazakhstans flag carrier, Air Astana, has launched a new non stop flight from Astana to Bishkek.

The new service, linking the capitals of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, will be operated three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. The two-hour flight will be performed by Embraer E-190 configured with nine business and 88 economy seats.

Astana to Bishkek is the airlines second service to the capital of Kyrgyzstan. The service between Bishkek and Almaty was launched November 2008, with more than 50,000 passengers and 70,000 kilos of cargo being carried on the route to date.

The launch of the new services between Astana and Bishkek is the latest step in Air Astanas strategy of regional expansion. The new three weekly services from Astana not only complement the existing five weekly services from Almaty, but also significantly provides connections between the two capital cities. In addition to direct traffic, the schedule of the new flights have been planned to provide good connections in Astana to destinations in the Russian Federation, such as Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, St. Petersburg, Omsk, and Moscow. This new flight also enables passengers to connect from Kyrgyzstan onto Air Astanas European network, with destinations including Istanbul and Frankfurt, said Richard Ledger, Director Worldwide Sales, Air Astana.

Air Astana is a full member of the International Air Transport Association and was the first airline in Kazakhstan to achieve EU EASA Part 145 aircraft maintenance certification. The airline is a joint venture between Kazakhstans national wealth fund Samruk Kazyna and BAE Systems, with respective shares of 51% and 49%.

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