Almaty airport resumes international and domestic flights

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NUR-SULTAN – Almaty International Airport resumed domestic and international flights on January 13, the airport’s press service reported.

Almaty International Airport. Photo credit: Gov.kz.

The first international flight from Antalya operated by Kazakh national airline Air Astana arrived at the airport on January 13.

On January 5, a group of terrorists attacked Almaty airport during the mass riots in the city. Five planes were hijacked. As a result of the counter-terrorist operation, the airport was liberated.

The transport police have taken additional measures to ensure public order and law at the airport. The new entry rules are in place for security reasons.

“Due to the curfew in Almaty, the airport will operate from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Now access to the terminal is only allowed to passengers. Airline representatives meet passengers of their flight at the check-in point. control at the main entrance and take them to the terminal and then to check-in. An airline representative is responsible for all its passengers. Filming is strictly prohibited at the airport,” the statement read.

According to Anadolu Agency, Turkish Airlines has also resumed flights between Kazakhstan and Turkey.

the Nur-Sultan Airport is fully operational for international and domestic flights. As of January 13, international flight routes include Moscow, Budapest, Dubai, Istanbul, Minsk, Warsaw, Baku, Kyiv, Tashkent, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Phuket and Colombo. A flight to Frankfurt was cancelled.

The airports of Aktau, Shymkent, Turkistan, Atyrau, Aktobe, Karaganda offer flights from/to Antalya, Colombo, Tbilisi, Kaliningrad, Moscow, Urgench, Dubai, Istanbul, Nukus, Yerevan, Tashkent, Kazan, Kutaisi, Amsterdam and Goa.

German airline Lufthansa has suspended all flights to/from Kazakhstan.

Russian airline Aeroflot resumed its regular Moscow-Almaty-Moscow flights from January 14, the company’s press service reported.

Aeroflot resumed flights to Nur-Sultan from January 10. It is planned to resume flights to Aktobe from January 15. Flights to Kostanai will operate from January 16, and flights to Karaganda – from January 17.

It is reported that the Kazakh parliament ratified the agreement on opening direct flights with the United States on January 13. Airlines in Kazakhstan will not start operating in the near future as the Boeing Company has postponed the delivery of much-needed aircraft to 2025 due to the pandemic.

People arriving in Kazakhstan from other countries must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test regardless of their vaccination status from January 15.

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