Development of Kazakhstan’s Civil Aviation
Kazakhstan intends to become a transport hub of the Central Asian region. The republic is consistently moving towards its goal. A network of large air and land transport nodes is developing in the country, and their throughput is increasing. 12 million people passed through Kazakhstan's airports last year. About 70% of them flew via airports in Almaty and Astana. Astana airport increased its capacity by a quarter this year. Over 3.6 million people have been served here. According to the Ministry of Investments and Development, such dynamics is due to the introduction of a new terminal and, of course, the holding of the exhibition EXPO 2017. According to the Ministry, the total number of passengers has reached 1.5 million people only in the summer. The airport modernization increased both the capacity and the number of flights. An "open sky" mode was introduced in Astana during the specialized exhibition. This also increased the passenger traffic. As a result, experts say, this brought Kazakhstan’s civil aviation to a new level.
TOTY AMIROVA, ACTING DEPUTY CHAIRWOMAN, COMMITTEE OF CIVIL AVIATION:
- We stepped forward, that is, a large number of aircraft are now operated in Kazakhstan, and these are modern aircraft, new aircraft, those that have never been operated in Kazakhstan before. This is of course a big leap and we are keeping up the pace. Quite large number of foreign and transit passengers flew over Astana. This, indeed, gave impetus and facilitated the EXPO.