Kazakhstan carrier Air Astana and Russian carrier S7 Airlines have strengthened their cooperation by signing a codeshare agreement for flights between Russia and Kazakhstan.
Effective for flights operated from 15 July 2019, Air Astana flights from its hubs at Nur-Sultan and Almaty, to Novosibirsk and St. Petersburg, now carry the code of S7. Similarly, S7’s services from Nur-Sultan and Almaty to Novosibirsk now carry the code of Air Astana.
The agreement enables passengers of both airlines to purchase tickets travel across the combined network seamlessly. S7 passengers from across Russia will now have access to 10 weekly flights connecting the S7 Airlines hub in Novosibirsk to and from the Kazakh capital, Nur-Sultan.
With the increased number of frequencies marketed by each carrier on the route, flight connections are improved and total trip times are reduced.
Similarly, Air Astana’s code being placed on S7 Airlines services between Almaty and Novosibirsk will provide Air Astana’s domestic, regional and international passengers with more choice of connecting flights.
Passengers travelling between Nur-Sultan or Almaty and Stockholm, Sweden can also now use the growing S7 hub in St. Petersburg to reach their destination.
Air Astana vice president of marketing and sales, Richard Ledger said Russia is an important market for Kazakhstan and the growing network provided by this partnership further develops the airline’s distribution and reach across the region.
S7 Airlines chief commercial officer, Igor Veretennikov added that flights to Kazakhstan are in high demand among travellers from Siberia.