The volume of transit air transportation annually increases 6-7% in Kazakhstan
This was stated at a press conference in the Government press center by Minister of Investments and Development Zhenis Kassymbek.
According to him, only in the last 7 years transit passenger traffic by air grew more than 20 times: from 20 thousand people in 2010 to 478 thousand people in 2016.
Answering the question of a Primeminister.kz correspondent about the development of transit in civil aviation, Zhenis Kassymbek noted that air transit is one of the important components of Kazakhstan’s economy. After all, every transit passenger leaves about 600 USD in Kazakhstan.
If you subtract all transportation costs, then a transit passenger leaves a minimum of 200-250 USD in Kazakhstan if they stay for half a day or a day, � the Minister said.
The number of transit flights through Kazakhstan’s airspace increases 6-7% annually. Key passenger flows through Kazakhstan are observed in the following directions: from China to Europe, Russia and Turkey, between Europe and India, Southeast Asia, between Ukraine and Uzbekistan, between Kyrgyzstan and South Korea, from Europe to Southeast Asia.
This year we expect that about 130 thousand aircraft of foreign states will fly through Kazakhstan. To increase the attractiveness of air transit through Kazakhstan within the framework of the Presidential Address “Third Modernization of Kazakhstan: Global Competitiveness”, by the end of 2017 it is planned to transport 600 thousand transit air passengers, and up to 1.6 million people before 2020, � Z. Kassymbek added.
To achieve these indicators, a 72-hour visa-free regime was introduced in pilot mode for citizens of the People’s Republic of China, which transit through airports of Astana and Almaty by Kazakhstan airlines during the period of EXPO-2017. The attractiveness of flights to our country will also be significantly facilitated by introducing a visa-free regime for citizens of OECD, EU, UAE, Malaysia, the Republic of Singapore and the Kingdom of Monaco (45 countries in total).
Introduction of an open sky for Astana for the period of EXPO also played a very positive role – frequencies increased on international routes. For example, aircraft began to fly to Beijing and London daily. 9 new routes have been opened in the last month.
“There is a positive effect. We believe that we can take a worthy place in this market as a major transit country,” – Z. Kassymbek said.
Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan