Kazakhstan has inked agreements with different countries in a bid to develop aviation cooperation.
Direct flights from Kazakhstan to Milan would be launched in 2018, according to the Civil Aviation Committee.
“A legal framework with the Italian aeronautical authorities for the launch of regular flights between the cities of Astana, Almaty and Rome, Milan with a frequency of seven passenger and three cargo flights a week and the possibility of entering into a code-agreement with other airlines has been established. Kazakh airlines plan to open a direct communication between Astana and Milan in the second half of 2018,” said a source of the proceedings.
The said pacts were finalized during ICAN-2017, which was attended by the Kazakh officials led by Chairman of the Civil Aviation Committee, Talgat Lustaev.
The delegation held negotiations with aviation officials of Austria, Australia, Azerbaijan, Great Britain, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Qatar, Kuwait, Sri Lanka and the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
An agreement to raise the number of frequencies between Kazakhstan and Sri Lanka from three to seven flights a week was settled during the event.
“This is a popular tourist destination and in December of this year SKAT airline will start operating flights between Kazakhstan and Sri Lanka,” the source reported
Memorandums of Understanding, which offer the chosen airlines of both parties access to agreements on the joint commercial exploitation of air tickets with other airlines, including third-country airlines, were inked with the Australian and British aviation authorities.
“Code-sharing agreements will allow Kazakh airlines to expand their route network at the expense of segments of foreign air carriers, which will increase the attractiveness of Kazakhstan, create convenience for passengers and increase transit passenger traffic through the country,” the source shared.
Also, a legal framework for regular flights between Astana and Kuwait with a frequency of seven flights a week was finalized for the first time with the aviation authorities of Kuwait.
Air carriers from Kuwait are pondering on the possibility of flying to Kazakhstan for the tourism development between the two nations.
There are 92 air routes with that span more than 84,000 kilometers over the territory of Kazakhstan while 73 air corridors pass on the border with neighboring countries.
As many as 80% of the air transit traffic of foreign airlines over the territory of Kazakhstan go through routes that link Europe with South-East Asia as well as routes between South Asia, the Middle East and Europe.
Kazakhstan has established airports in Shimkent, Atbasar, Karaganda, Kyzyl-Orda, Balkhash, Burundai, Zaisan, Petropavlovsk, Semipalatinsk, Ust-kamenogorsk, Uralsk, Taldy-Kurgan, Kokshetau, Pavlodar, Zhezkazgan, Atyrau, Zhambyl, Zhairem, Ekibastuz, Almaty, Aktau, Kostanay, Aktyubinsk, Arkalyk, and Astana cities.
Kazakhstan’s current airlines are Air Astana, Air Company MEGA, Avia Jaynar, Bek Air, Berkut Air, Euro-Asia Air, Excellent Glide, Irtysh-Air, SCAT, Semeyavia, Zhetysu, and Zhezkazgan Air.