From 31 March, Kazakhstan’s national carrier will launch flights between Almaty and Kiev, and a day later flights will be launched connecting Astana with the Ukrainian capital. The Almaty service will operate three times a week (Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays) using an Airbus A320 aircraft, while the Astana flights will run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays using an Embraer E190.
Also next month, Air Astana will launch two new routes to Russia. Flights between Atyrau, on Kazakhstan’s Caspian Sea coast, and Moscow will operate three times a week from 1 April, while services connecting Astana to Orenburg in southern Russia will run three times a week from 16 April. Both services will be operated three times a week using Embraer E190 aircraft.
“Air Astana continues to strengthen its position as Central Asia’s leading carrier, with the new services to Ukraine and Russia from the hubs in Almaty and Astana further extending the international network. With growing government, business, cultural and tourism links between Ukraine and Kazakhstan, I’m confident of strong demand for… these new routes,” said Peter Foster, President of Air Astana.
Orenburg will become Air Astana’s eighth destination in Russia, following Moscow, Kazan, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Samara, St. Petersburg and Yekaterinburg, while Kiev becomes its first destination in Ukraine.