Kazakhstan’s first low-cost airline FlyArystan announced the start of ticket sales for its first international route from Nur-Sultan to Moscow. The new Moscow route will be operated on a daily basis on Airbus A320 aircraft from December 13.
Speaking at Routes Silk Road in Nur-Sultan in July, Air Astana’s vice president marketing and sales Richard Ledger said he “expects there will be a boom in budget flying in Kazakhstan following the launch of FlyArystan.
“The whole market is open to LCCs, we must ensure that from a regulatory standpoint there’s nothing that stops legacy carriers from competing”. He added.
The director of sales and marketing of FlyArystan Janar Jailauova said “Moscow is clearly an important historic, tourist and business center and as such it’s only appropriate that it is our first international route flown by FlyArystan from our Capital Nur-Sultan. We are confident that with our low fares we shall stimulate significant new traffic between Nur-Sultan and Moscow in both directions. That is great news for potential tourism growth in both locations while also allowing families in both cities to reconnect more often.”
Mattijs Smith, head of international development at CAAi, said: “Kazakhstan is located between two huge aviation markets so there is great potential for attracting more in transit connections, as well as expanding its international network.
“The upgrade of Kazakhstan’s regulatory framework will build the solid foundation needed for overseeing this, allowing Kazakhstan to generate more of the socioeconomic benefits aviation brings.”
This new route addition is made possible by the addition of a 4th aircraft to the FlyArystan fleet in December and the second to be based in Nur-Sultan. It is planned to expand the FlyArystan fleet to 10 A320 aircraft by the end of 2020.