Flights between Central Asian cities

The Central Asian countries, which have embarked on a course of regional integration, are also strengthening transport cooperation. The republics are adding new destinations and increasing the number of flights on existing routes. Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan  resumed flights between their capitals. Tashkent-Osh flights will be launched next year. They will be carried out by airlines of both countries. Kazakhstan's Civil Aviation Committee is also planning to launch regular flights to a number of cities in Uzbekistan, prioritizing Samarkand, Bukhara and Urgench. In addition, Kazakh airlines signed special agreements with the Uzbek and Mongolian side.

ADLET KOBENOV, CHIEF EXPERT, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND AVIATION TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT:

 - Kazakhstan's airlines have the so-called "interline" agreements with the Uzbek and Mongolian airlines, that let passengers book one ticket for two airlines. That is, one ticket will contain tickets for 2 airlines.

It is also planned to increase the number of regular flights to Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. There are daily flights between Astana and Bishkek, and Astana and Dushanbe. In the near future, experts say, the list of regular flights to cities across Central Asia will be extended. Experts note their profitability; According to Transport Ministry, flights to these republics are 75% booked, and more.

ADLET KOBENOV, CHIEF EXPERT, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND AVIATION TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT:

 - At the moment, flights from Astana to Tashkent are four times. There are regular flights to Dushanbe, Bishkek, and Ashgabat.  Kyrgyzstan is developing the new route to Tamchi. + 00:58 Turkmenistan Airlines carries out regular flights  on Ashgabat-Almaty section.

According to experts, prospects for the development of new flights across the region depend on socio-economic relations between the neighboring countries. In addition, the geographical location of Kazakhstan's capital city allows its air harbor  to become a transit hub of the Eurasian and Central Asian region.