During his official visit to Rome, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev met with Lupo Rattazzi, President of Neos airlines to discuss the prospects of cooperation in civil aviation, the press service of Akorda reports.
President Tokayev emphasized that the availability of direct air communication between the countries would stimulate the development of trade, economic, cultural, and humanitarian ties, as well as tourism. He highlighted the significant demand for the Almaty–Milan flight, which has served approximately 70 thousand passengers since its launch.
In response, the head of the airline, Lupo Rattazzi, shared plans to expand the geography of flights in the region. Specifically, there are intentions to increase the number of flights on the Almaty-Milan route and launch new flights between Astana and Rome, as well as Astana and Milan.
Kazakhstan’s Vice Minister of Transport, Talgat Lastaev clarified that the company’s plans to increase the number of flights and open new destinations is set for 2024.
NEOS, established in 2001 as a joint venture between two travel companies, Italian Alpitour S.p.A. and German TUI Group, stands as one of the largest private Italian airlines. Operating flights to more than 70 destinations, the company reported a turnover of 640 million dollars in 2022.