ASTANA – Turkish air carrier Atlas Global (former Atlasjet) launched April 28 direct Astana to Istanbul flights. The flights will be carried out twice a week on Tuesday and Friday by Airbus 320 at 6:30 a.m. Flight duration is about five hours. The first two months the tickets prices will start at $280.
Atlas Global joins two other airlines offering Astana to Istanbul flights. One is carried out by Turkish Airlines on Boeing 737 on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 3:25 a.m. And another is carried out by Air Astana on Airbus 320 on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday at 6:50 p.m.
According to Vice President of Atlas Global for the Commonwealth of Independent States Orhan Sanjar, the company plans to increase Astana-Istanbul flights from two to four times a week.
“Kazakhstan and Turkey will conduct talks on increasing the regularity of the flights up to four times a week. We hope that during EXPO 2017 we will be carrying out four flights weekly,” he told abctv.kz.
According to Sanjar, the Airbus 320 is designed to carry 164 passengers, with156 seats in economy class and eight seats in business class.
“However, in case of more customers, we also have three other types of airplanes, including Airbus 319 (134 seats), Airbus 320 (164 seats), Airbus 321 (210 seats),” he informed.
In addition, the company has an opportunity to carry out freight traffic on its passenger ships.
“Each passenger plane is able to transport five tonnes of cargo. We already transported from Antalya to Astana many flowers on March 8,” Sanjar added.
In total, Atlas Global operates 19 scheduled flights a week between Turkey and Kazakhstan, with10 direct Kazakhstan to Antalya flights and nine direct Kazakhstan to Istanbul flights, including departures from Almaty, Karaganda, Aktau, Shymkent.