Saturday, 4 May 2019

FlyArystan hopes for 700,000 passengers this year with eyes on international routes

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The new low-cost-carrier FlyArystan, created by the Kazakhstan flag carrier Air Astana is hoping to reach 700,000 passengers by the end of this year according to the airline's management.

The budget carrier started earlier this month with domestic routes may well be operating international routes by the end of the year, once more aircraft have been delivered.  The airline currently has two Airbus A320 aircraft, borrowed from Air Astana and has launched with six routes from Almaty, to Karaganda, Nur-Sultan (formerly Astana), Pavlodar, Shymkent, Taraz and Uralsk.

“We are courting a new generation of travellers – people who typically get around our large country using the train or bus, or those who don’t travel at all. We are pitching FlyArystan primarily at the visiting friends and relatives market. In turn, this will stimulate the leisure market as a second strand, together with an element of business travel. A number of destinations handed over to us by Air Astana will suit a different, more price-conscious demographic. Accordingly, we aim to introduce some purchase options giving flexibility for business flyers, including offering refunds or the ability to change tickets, albeit at higher tariffs,” Tim Jordan, head of FlyArystan informed the media. 

Peter Foster the CEO of Air Astana indicated that FlyArystan third and fourth A320s, which are scheduled for delivery later this year could be used to start international routes to neighbouring countries. “FlyArystan, which follows the classic model of budget airlines, appears right on time. We expect a significant increase in passenger traffic on both domestic and international Kazakhstan routes as we plan to be based in other countries as well,”

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