Air Transit as a Way to Grow Passenger Traffic

Air Transit as a Way to Grow Passenger Traffic

Kazakhstan is developing its transit potential by building better air transit routes.

The country between Europe and Asia with a favorable geographical position has an opportunity to develop its air transit corridor and boost transit passenger traffic.

Experts said that the country’s airlines must open new flights and offer better connections.

In the past seven years, the passenger transit traffic via one of Kazakhstan’s airports has significantly increased.

In 2018, the international airport in Nur-Sultan recorded 4.5 million passengers, of which 1 .8 million were transit passengers taking international flights.

Head of Civil Aviation Committee, Talgat Lastayev said that currently the committee is taking measures to increase the number of transit passenger traffic.

He said that in the last eight years, the airport welcomed 20,000 transit passengers and last year the figure has increased to 900,000 passengers.

“We can see the growth. Every day 500 flights to 27 countries by 98 air routes are carried out in Kazakhstan,” Lastayev said.

Airports are building the handing capacities in several regions of the country. For example, a new terminal will be built at the Uralsk international airport.

The project is implemented at the expense of foreign investors. The project will cost 1.5 billion tenge.

According to the plan, the terminal area will be increased by almost 2.5 thousand square meters, modern equipment for passenger service and baggage reception will be installed, new security system will be introduced to reduce the registration time and passport control procedures.

A business lounge zone will be added as well.

Local officials believe the redevelopment of the Uralsk airport will double the passenger traffic from 200 to 400 people per hour. The project is expected to be completed by 2021.

First Deputy Director of Uralsk International Airport, Artur Doskaliyev said that the main goal is to improve the quality of services and strengthen the security measures.

“The overall area of the building will increase to 7,000 square meters. The equipment will be upgraded as well. The terminal will be able to handle passengers of international and domestic flights. After the reconstruction, we are planning to open new flights. We will continue to receive arrivals and departures during the reconstruction,” he said.

Another new passenger terminal will be opened in the international airport of Shymkent next year. The airport will have four new telescopic ladders. It will be able to serve over 2,000 passengers per day.

The reconstruction will allow the airport to be transformed into a large aviation hub connecting the countries of Southeast Asia, China, India, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates with the cities of Russia and Europe.

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