Kazakhstan, U.S. intend to open regular direct flights
Kazakhstan is increasing the number of international flights. Three years from now, residents of the country will be able to reach the U.S without transfer and transit. Director General of the Aviation Administration of Kazakhstan Peter Griffiths announced this. According to him, in order to make direct transatlantic flights, domestic airlines need to purchase new long-haul aircrafts. Their cost is around US$100 million.
“We are currently planning for 2024. This is because it follows a number of pieces of work that we will need to do. The first step was getting the security right. We then need to get flight operations right, so prepare any airline that wishes to fly that to a new level to be able to deal with extended range twin-engine operations, as well as dealing with flight operations across the Atlantic. So there are quite a few things that we need to do to achieve that. So we start now with the FAA,” said Peter Griffiths, Director General, Aviation Administration of Kazakhstan.
In the meantime, Kazakhstan is gradually opening up the skies after tight quarantine restrictions. To date, 57 domestic routes have been restored in the country and international flights with 23 countries have been resumed.
Translation by Assem Zhanmukhanova
Edited by Saule Mukhamejanova