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Kazakhstan: Introduction of “Open Skies” regime at Almaty airport being discussed

An “open skies” regime is being discussed for Almaty airport in Kazakhstan, says the Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Kazakh Tourism JSC, Timur Duysengaliev.

“We are currently negotiating with the government of Kazakhstan to open ‘open skies’ regime at the Almaty airport.

“Speaking about the development of tourism in Kazakhstan, we must first of all understand that there are so-called growth points that will serve as the anchor points – the starting point for traveling to Kazakhstan,” Duisengaliyev said.

He stressed that Kazakhstan has “in fact, two starting points” which are Almaty and Astana. The “open sky” regime was implemented at the time of the international specialized exhibition EXPO-2017 in the capital of Kazakhstan. The experience proved positive, said aviation experts.

Duysengaliev said that there is a lingering question regarding competition for the national carrier in case the ‘open skies’ regime is indeed applied.

He explained that Kazakh Tourism is laboring on the issue of cooperation with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), with the goal of researching and examining the prospects of the Kazakhstan air transport communication until 2030.

“For Kazakhstan, as a very large country with a significant transit potential, it is very important to learn how to make the republic accessible in terms of air traffic, to forecast potential flows that will allow us to get a certain share of the ‘pie’, that is, the world tourism.

And in this regard, in principle, we agreed that IATA will prepare this analytical review for Kazakh Tourism, which will allow us to build a long-term policy in terms of developing air communication, ” explained Duysengaliev.

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