Kazakhstan continues to expand international flights, as countries around the world ease COVID-19 restrictions
ASTANA – The choice of where to fly from Kazakhstan continues to expand as countries around the world continue to ease COVID-19 restrictions, sending a signal that the world is ready to return to normal after more than two years of strict measures to respond to the global pandemic.
Each week, nearly 489 flights carry people from Kazakhstan to 28 countries on 111 routes, and these numbers are set to increase.
On the sidelines of the recent 41st session of the General Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal, the Kazakh civil aviation authorities agreed with the Malaysian authorities to resume direct flights that were in place before the pandemic.
The management of Air Asia, the largest low-cost airline, also plans to launch flights to Kazakhstan from Kuala Lumpur in 2023 with an additional flight to a third country, a fifth degree of aerial freedom.
Talks with Saudi aviation officials resulted in the signing of a protocol that provides for an increase in the number of scheduled passenger flights between the two countries from four to 14 per week. On the Kazakh side, in the next autumn-winter period, Air Astana and Fly Arystan plan to start operating regular flights on the Almaty-Medina and Aktau-Medina routes, respectively, with a frequency of two flights per week. The Saudi low-cost airline Flynas plans to open regular flights on the Jeddah – Almaty route.
Kazakhstan and Seychelles have agreed to operate seven scheduled flights per week between the countries on any type of aircraft on either side for the first time in history. Air Seychelles airline plans to open a direct flight on the route from Victoria to Almaty in January next year.
Where else can you fly from Kazakhstan?
The most frequent flights are to Turkey, Russia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Georgia, Uzbekistan and Egypt.
Kazakhstan and Turkey are connected by an impressive 134 weekly flights, operated by Kazakhstan’s Air Astana, SCAT, Turkish Airlines and Pegasus Airlines. Flights depart from Astana, Almaty, Aktau, Atyrau, Karagandy, Kostanai, Shymkent, Turkistan, Uralsk, Ust-Kamenogorsk and fly to Antalya, Bodrum and Istanbul.
One hundred and thirty-seven flights are operated between Kazakhstan and Russia by SCAT, Qazaq Air, Rossiya, Azimut and Red Wings. They fly from Astana, Aktau, Aktobe, Almaty, Atyrau, Karagandy, Kostanai, Shymkent and Ust-Kamenogorsk in Kazakhstan to Moscow, Astrakhan, Yekaterinburg, Grozny, Kazan, Krasnoyarsk , Makhachkala, Minvody, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Samara, St. Petersburg, Tyumen, Ufa and Zhukovsky,
Between Kazakhstan and the bucketthere are 41 weekly flights on Astana – Dubai (Air Astana, Fly Dubai), Almaty – Dubai (Air Astana, Fly Dubai), Almaty – Sharjah (Air Arabia), Almaty – Abu Dhabi (Wizz Air Abu Dhabi), and Astana – Abu Dhabi (Wizz Air Abu Dhabi).
Georgia is only three to four hours away, 28 times a week on routes from Astana, Aktau, Aktobe, Atyrau and Shymkent to Batumi, Kutaisi and Tbilisi. Kutaisi International Airport will be closed from October 10 to 24 due to runway repair works. All FlyArystan flights to/from Kutaisi will be operated to/from Tbilisi during this period.
Twenty-six weekly flights are operated between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan on the routes Astana – Tashkent (Air Astana, Uzbekistan Airways), Almaty – Tashkent (Air Astana, Uzbekistan Airways), Almaty – Samarkand (Uzbekistan Airways), Aktau – Nukus (SCAT) and Aktau – Urgench (SCAT).
Egypt is also a favorite destination for Kazakh citizens with 22 flights available per week on Astana – Sharm el-Sheikh (Air Astana, SCAT), Almaty – Sharm el-Sheikh (Air Astana, SCAT), Almaty – Hurghada (SCAT), Atyrau – Sharm el-Sheikh; (Fly Arystan), Kostanai – Sharm el-Sheikh (SCAT), Aktobe – Sharm el-Sheikh (SCAT), Shymkent – Sharm el-Sheikh (SCAT) and Uralsk – Sharm el-Sheikh (SCAT).
Besides these popular destinations, flights are also operated to Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Italy, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, the Maldives, Mongolia, Montenegro, Poland, South Korea, Tajikistan, Thailand, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Qatar.
As of June 8, 2022, Kazakhstan no longer requires arriving passengers to provide a vaccination certificate or a PCR certificate with a negative test result for COVID-19.