Air Astana has announced its summer schedule with a major growth in services operating from its Astana hub.
The new schedule sees service frequencies from Astana increase to Beijing (4) and Urumqi (6), China, Istanbul, Turkey (4), London, UK (5), Novosibirsk, Russia (7), Omsk, Russia (5), Tashkent, Uzbekistan (3), St Petersburg, Russia (7), Tbilisi, Georgia (4), and Yekaterinburg, Russia (7). In addition, Air Astana will be resuming a service from Astana to Kiev, Ukraine on 2 June 2017.
Transfer traffic currently accounts for 10% of Air Astana’s business, but this is forecast to double in the next few years. Strong focus is now being placed on transfer traffic growth at Astana Airport, which will officially open a new terminal in summer 2017. Existing capacity will be more than doubled to eight million passengers per year. Air Astana currently offers around 400 flights per week from and to Astana.
Peter Foster, president and CEO of Air Astana, said: “Air Astana is delighted to announce a major expansion of services from Astana this summer, with much improved network connectivity between destinations in Asia, Central Asia, Caucasus, China, Europe and Russia. “Our passengers will travel smoothly through the new international terminal at Astana Airport, which is opening in time for the influx of visitors to Astana EXPO 2017.”