Air Astana inaugurates two routes to Kiev Boryspil; connects Atyrau and Moscow Sheremetyevo
- Air Astana, the flag carrier of Kazakhstan, inaugurated two routes to the Ukraine last week, a market previously unserved by the airline. On 31 March, Air Astana inaugurated flights to Kiev Boryspil (KBP) from Kazakhstan’s largest city and former capital, Almaty (ALA), adding a second service to the Ukrainian capital from Astana (TSE) on the following day. While both routes are initially operated with thrice-weekly frequencies, the frequency of the Almaty service will increase to four-weekly at the end of May. Notably, E190s operate the 2,800-kilometre route from Astana, while A320s are deployed on the other route. Peter Foster, Air Astana’s President, commented: “Air traffic between the capital of the Ukraine and Kazakhstan’s largest cities will assist strengthening bilateral political, trade and economic relations between the countries. And I’m sure the young capital of Kazakhstan, Astana, as well as the cultural and business centre of the country, Almaty, will entail tourists from Ukraine”. Ukraine International Airlines provides competition in both markets, which it serves with daily flights each. In addition, on 31 March, the airline also commenced services on the 1,400-kilometre route from Atyrau (GAU) located in Kazakhstan in the vicinity of the Caspian Sea, to Moscow Sheremetyevo (SVO). Thrice-weekly flights are offered on the route and operated using E190s.