OVER 10 KAZAKH AIRPORTS ANNOUNCE OPEN SKIES REGIME
In line with the instructions of Head of State Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the order of the Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development of Kazakhstan, the open skies regime at the airports of Nur-Sultan, Almaty, Shymkent, Aktau, Karaganda, Ust-Kamenogorsk, Pavlodar, Kokshetau, Taraz, Petropavlovsk, Semey, is in place starting 1 November 2019. It provides for the removal of restrictions on the number of flights and the fifth-freedom rights to foreign airlines to use flights Kazakh carriers do not run, Stragey2050.kz informs referring to the Civil Aviation Committee.
The open skies regime lasts for 3 years with a further possible extension. This can help Kazakhstan attract new foreign carriers, open new international routes, increase competition and reduce the airfare and increase the availability of air transport to the general population, tourists and provide international transport access to the Astana International Financial Centre.
Fifth-freedom rights allow foreign carriers to fly through Kazakh cities to third country cities, thus increasing the transit capacity of Kazakhstan as well as transit traffic of the domestic airports.
The presidential instructions on the open skies regime followed by the measures to be taken, among them the negotiations with the aviation authorities of Oman, ending in SalamAir’s plans to run flights from Muscat to Almaty starting next year; Air Astana’s plans regarding flights to Jeddah (3 flights a week in 1Q 2020), SCAT will start flights to Jeddah and Medina with a frequency of twice a week beginning 30 November this year.
22-24 October 2019 saw the negotiations take place with Asia’s largest low-cost carrier Air Asia and global airline Singapore Airlines, as well as the negotiations were held with Ural Airlines on 22 December this year to run flights en route Yekaterinburg � Almaty.
Kazakhstan’s low-cost carrier Fly Arystan is due to begin daily flights from Nur-Sultan to Moscow staring 13 December 2019.
LOT, a Polish airline, agreed to increase weekly flights to 7 from Warsaw to Nur-Sultan starting summer 2020, and plans to open flights to Almaty in 2021.
Meetings are due to take place with the Qatar aviation authorities on running flights of Qatar Airways airlines, with the aviation authorities of the United Arab Emirates on flights by airlines Emirates, Fly Dubai and with other countries.
Source: Kazakhtan 2050