New station and terminal of Astana airport to accept the first passengers from June 1
Answering journalists’ questions, the Minister for Investment and Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Zhenis Kassymbek spoke about the results of work on the implementation of the President’s Address “The Third Modernization of Kazakhstan: Global Competitiveness” during the press conference at Government House.
“The construction works at both facilities will be completed in the second decade of May, approximately on the 15th. During ten days, the test phase will be held, and we plan to take the first passenger both at the station and at the airport on June 1,” Zh. Kassymbek said.
In addition, the minister assured that the new airport will have a large supply of passenger traffic.
“This year, we launched the “open sky” for the capital in the pilot mode. It means that any airline can fly to Astana from anywhere in the world seven times a week,” the minister added.
This is done for the period of the International Exhibition EXPO-2017. But if the project succeeds, this mode will be retained in the future.
The Minister also spoke about new directions and additional frequencies.
“Currently, we have specific plans to open flights this month in four new directions: Warsaw, Helsinki, Budapest, Beijing,” he said.
Air China starts flying from Beijing to Astana for the first time. Previously, only Air Astana carried out flights.
In addition, 11 additional frequencies are introduced per week, for example, London, Xian, Beijing.
“In general, we plan to additionally receive 300,000 foreign visitors during the EXPO, and 160,000 from the regions of Kazakhstan,” the speaker concluded.
Source: The Prime Minister of Kazakhstan