Air As­tana’s big in­ter­na­tional gain

An­nounc­ing its op­er­a­tional re­sults for the first half of 2017, Air As­tana recorded 22 per cent in­crease in in­ter­na­tional traf­fic and four per cent in­crease in do­mes­tic traf­fic.

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Ac­cord­ing to the op­er­a­tions re­sults for the first half of 2017, Air As­tana car­ried a to­tal of 894,391 pas­sen­gers for the pe­riod Jan­uary-June 2017, of which 1,007,413 were do­mes­tic pas­sen­gers and 886,978 were in­ter­na­tional pas­sen­gers. The fig­ures re­veal that over­all pas­sen­ger traf­fic in­creased by 12 per cent for this pe­riod. While pas­sen­ger growth on do­mes­tic routes was 4 per cent, in­ter­na­tional traf­fic grew by 22 per cent, which is at­trib­uted to the net­work traf­fic tran­sit­ing through its As­tana and Al­maty hubs, which grew by 62 per cent. Even the Cargo up­lift in­creased by 22 per cent for the same pe­riod.

Peter Fos­ter, Pres­i­dent and CEO, Air As­tana, stated, “Kaza­khstan’s econ­omy is de­liv­er­ing mod­est growth af­ter two very dif­fi­cult years, and we ex­pect this to ac­cel­er­ate as the econ­omy con­tin­ues to di­ver­sify. How­ever, in­ter­na­tional pas­sen­ger growth is most en­cour­ag­ing, par­tic­u­larly net­work busi­ness. As­tana EXPO 2017, fur­ther eas­ing of visa re­stric­tions, the new ter­mi­nal at Nur­sul­tan Nazarbayev In­ter­na­tional Air­port at As­tana, and con­tin­ued pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ments within the air­line are all com­bin­ing to set up strong traf­fic re­cov­ery.” He added that cost pres­sure has in­creased ow­ing to higher fuel prices in Kaza­khstan. “How­ever, the air­line’s unit cost re­mains very com­pet­i­tive and en­ables us to in­crease our share of long­haul ma­jor mar­ket busi­ness. This is helped by in­creased aware­ness in for­eign mar­kets of the qual­ity of our prod­uct,” he claimed.

Peter in­sisted that they are com­ing up with new of­fer­ings as well. “We con­tinue to in­tro­duce prod­uct im­prove­ments, in­clud­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of on­board In­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity, and have re­cently con­cluded an agree­ment to ac­quire five brand new Em­braer E2 re­gional jets from au­tumn 2018. These fuel ef­fi­cient air­craft, when com­bined with the Air­bus 320 NEO fam­ily air­craft, of which we con­tinue to take de­liv­ery, will drive con­tin­ued im­prove­ments in ef­fi­ciency and prod­uct qual­ity,” he added.

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