Air Astana Begins Operating First International Flights Since Beginning of COVID-19 Lockdown

One hundred and forty-one passengers flew out of Almaty on June 20th en route to Antalya on the country’s first regular international flight since the lockdown began. 

Starting June 20, Kazakhstan resumed international flights to Georgia and Turkey. It will also restart flights to China, Japan, South Korea, and Thailand. Photo credit: Air Astana press service

The flight was operated by Kazakhstan’s flagship airline Air Astana on its Airbus A321LR. The same day, Air Astana began operating its first international flight from the Kazakh capital Nur-Sultan to Antalya and Istanbul.

The airline’s flights to Istanbul from Atyrau will resume June 23, while the flights from Almaty to Tbilisi will resume on July 1. It will also launch flights from Almaty on its new route to Batumi on July 3.

Starting July 1, Air Astana will renew its regular flights between Seoul and Almaty. The flights will be operated three times a week. 

SCAT Airlines will renew its flights from Shymkent and Aktau to Istanbul on July 1. 

Starting June 20, Kazakhstan resumed international flights to Georgia and Turkey. It will also soon resume flights to China, Japan, South Korea, and Thailand.

Precautions, including wearing masks and the usage of hand sanitizers, however, must be strictly observed. These requirements will also remain in place for passengers arriving in Kazakhstan.

All arriving passengers will have to fill out medical forms while being on board and pass a temperature check upon their arrival. 

Passengers arriving from Turkey will have to provide a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test result showing they tested negative for COVID-19 recently, and the confirmation has to be done within five days prior to entry to Kazakhstan or done within 48 hours of arrival.

Complete information regarding the routes and their ticket sales can be accessed on the airlines’ website. 

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