EUROPE & CIS: Air Astana expands Almaty hub

Air Astana, the flag carrier of the Republic of Kazakhstan, has announced plans to expand its Central Asia hub in Almaty. New services will be launched to Urumchi in western China; Dushanbe, capital of Tajikistan and Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan during the second half of 2010, the carrier said. Regional services already operate from Almaty […]


Air Astana, the flag carrier of the Republic of Kazakhstan, has announced plans to expand its Central Asia hub in Almaty. New services will be launched to Urumchi in western China; Dushanbe, capital of Tajikistan and Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan during the second half of 2010, the carrier said.

Regional services already operate from Almaty to Baku, capital of Azerbaijan, Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan and Novosibirsk in southern Russia. Additional new routes to other cities in southern Russia, including Omsk and Yekatenburg are also under consideration.

A fleet of new generation Embraer E-190 airliners have been selected to specifically operate on Air Astana’s expanding Central Asia network, with the first of three leased aircraft scheduled for delivery in early 2011. Airbus A320 Family aircraft will operate these services in the interim.

“Services launched from Almaty to Central Asian destinations in 2008/09 have proved enormously popular with government, business and leisure travelers and we are delighted to now start offering more destinations in China, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Passengers traveling from Central Asian cities have the opportunity to conveniently connect to Air Astana’s long-haul services from Almaty to major cites in Asia, Europe and the Middle East,“ said Peter Foster, president of Air Astana.