Modernisation of Astana Airport to Be Part of President’s Infrastructure Plan

ASTANA – Nurly Zhol, a new economic policy, presented by President Nursultan Nazarbayev at the Nov. 11 meeting of the Nur Otan Political Council emphasised the infrastructure development over the next five years.

AstanaThe changes will affect large public facilities, including the main transport hubs. The President gave instructions to allocate 29 billion tenge (US$160.2 million) from the budget for the construction of the new terminal and reconstruction of the runway of the capital city’s airport. According to the President, this will ensure that by 2017 the capacity will accommodate up to 7.1 million passengers.

The airport is one of the main connecting points in Eurasia, as80 flights are made on a daily basis to the regions and abroad. Today, the airport is able to receive all types of aircraft without restrictions. The development of the airport is in accordance with the international standards of IATA (International Air Transport Association) and ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation). Favourable conditions for cooperation with new airlines, both freight and passenger, are being created.

The airport can currently receive and dispatch aircraft with a visibility on the runway of 200 metres or more, whereas previously the aerodrome meteorological minimum was 350 metres. During rain or windy weather the airport allows aircraft to make safe landings when the horizontal visibility is only 200 metres and vertical is 15.

Efficient improvement of aviation business processes is becoming an increasingly urgent task. Not long ago, the airport management staff showed interest in installing self-registration kiosks.

According to observations, with each new flight passengers are becoming more demanding on the list and quality of services.

With the approach of a new era of air transportation, the task of improving the efficiency of aviation business processes, combined with fast and pleasant service, is becoming increasingly urgent.

At the Aviation ICT Forum 2014, a European conference held Oct. 29 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Vice President of SITA, an air transport and communications company, in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Dmitry Krasnov discussed the interest of Kazakh air carriers and airports in implementing IT technologies.

According to Krasnov, almost all the major airports have expressed interest in installing self-registration kiosks that will allow passengers of the Almaty and Astana airports to register, select a seat and print boarding passes.

Astana International Airport has started using SITA solutions for planning operational activity in the preparation of its seasonal schedule, the first step in the use of new-generation technologies at the airport.


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