Air Astana plans to launch direct flights from Mumbai by 2019


Akansha Pandey | New Delhi

Air Astana, the national carrier of Kazakhstan, recently celebrated 13 years of connecting India to Kazakhstan and Eurasia. Speaking at the occasion, Peter Foster, President and Chief Executive Officer, Air Astana, said that they aim to expand in the Indian market further with hopefully direct flight connectivity from Mumbai by 2019.

“The carrier eyes increasing the operations between Delhi and Astana to at least five times a week from the existing thrice a week. Going forward, starting off non-stop flights from Mumbai is next on our cards logically and we hope for a 2019 launch. The potential is huge in the Indian market and we have only scratched the surface,” he highlighted.

Expansion plans of the carrier in Asia are underway with more flights connecting Astana to Bangkok and China and Almaty to Hong Kong. The airline will also be adding 25 new aircraft in next three years.

Bulat Sarsenbayev, Ambassador, Republic of Kazakhstan in India shared that 12,000 Indian visitors travelled to Astana, the capital city of Kazakhstan in 2016, comprising 5,000 business visitors. This year so far, Astana has already witnessed 8,500 business arrivals from India, he exclaimed adding that Kazakhstan is eyeing 40% increase from the Indian market each year.

Kazakhstan’s full-service carrier currently operates daily flight between Almaty and Delhi and thrice weekly between Astana and Delhi.