All restrictions on flights to the EU removed from Air Astana


The airline won the right to carry out flights not only on aircraft of the “Boeing 757/767 and Airbus 320”, and on airplanes “Embraer 190”, which until then operated to European destinations, noted in a press-service of the carrier.

ASTANA, 11 Dec –. With the Kazakh national airline Air Astana lifted all operating restrictions for flights to the EU countries, reports the press service of the carrier.

According to the results of the audit of the civil aviation system of Kazakhstan in 2009, convened by ICAO (international civil aviation organization), all Kazakh airlines except for Air Astana, got into “black list” of airlines banned flights to Europe. Air Astana was in the airline, which imposed operating restrictions for flights in the European Union, in particular, to increase frequencies and routes and operate other aircraft types. In April of 2014 with Air Astana were lifted restrictions on increasing frequencies and opening new routes to Europe.

“Tenth of December 2015 the European Commission has ruled out the updated Air Astana from a list of airlines, which imposed operating restrictions for flights in the European Union. This means that the airline can make flights to the European Union without any restrictions”, — is spoken in the message.

The airline won the right to carry out flights not only on aircraft of the “Boeing 757/767 and Airbus 320”, and on airplanes “Embraer 190”, which until then operated to European destinations.

The President of Air Astana Peter foster said that the removal of restrictions will enable in confirming the slot to add a frequency on the Astana to London, and, subject to obtaining slots at Chinese airports, providing connections to the European cities, to significantly increase the frequency and route network to/from Astana in the short to medium term. “In 2014, China was visited by 110 million international tourists, and Air Astana expects to transport transit passengers through Astana, if we will overcome various barriers, obtained airport slots, the solution of which depends on Chinese aviation authorities,” said foster.

Airline Air Astana is a joint venture of national welfare Fund of Kazakhstan “Samruk-Kazyna” and BAE Systems, with respective shares of 51% and 49%.