Kazakhstan to increase presence in the international air transport market
Minister of Investments and Development of Kazakhstan Zhenis Kassymbek spoke about the plans on development of civil aviation in Kazakhstan at the Governments meeting.
There is a steady growth in the main indicators of civil aviation over the past five years. Kazakhstan is on the second place among the CIS countries in terms of passenger traffic. In 2015, Astana and Almaty airports were ranked among the ten largest CIS international airports in terms of passengers’ number. 14 of 20 regular airports of Kazakhstan have reconstructed runways and 10 passenger terminals. The terminal of Petropavl Airport is scheduled to be reconstructed by the year-end, Zh.Kassymbek informed.
The Minister noted that infrastructural modernization of Astana Airport, creation of hub in Almaty, as well as development of international routes and Kazakhstan airlines will provide threefold increase in transit traffic by 2020.
With a view to the gradual liberalization of the international air transport market, a pilot project on implementation of the open sky in the Astana Airport is scheduled for 2017. In this regard, it is anticipated to develop 8 new destinations in Prague, Helsinki, Vienna, Warsaw, Budapest, etc., the Minister said.
Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan