Aviation authorities of Kazakhstan and Turkey agreed to increase the number of authorized flights between the countries by more than twice, from 40 to 93 per week for each party, QazMonitor reports citing the press service of the ministry of industry and infrastructural development.
An agreement was reached to increase the number of authorized flights between the countries from 7 to 14 flights for the Nur-Sultan - Istanbul route, and from 13 to 21 flights a week for the Almaty-Istanbul route. New destinations have also been added in both Turkey and Kazakhstan.
In order to promote competition and reduce the cost of airfare, the Kazakh side has added a second flight carrier for the routes between Nur-Sultan, Almaty, and Istanbul, which will expand flight options for passengers.
A significant increase in the number of flights between the countries will also help alleviate the growing transit passenger traffic through the air hubs of Kazakhstan from the CIS countries to Turkey.
The Kazakh delegation was headed by Talgat Lastayev, Chairman of the Civil Aviation Committee of MIIR RK, and the Turkish delegation by Kemal Yuksak, Director General of the Turkish Aviation Authorities. The negotiations were attended by representatives of Kazakh airlines Air Astana and SCAT, as well as Turkish Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, Tailwind Airlines, and Freebird Airlines from Turkey.