FlyArystan Roars into Life

KAZAKH FLAG carrier Air Astana celebrated the first revenue flight of its new low-cost subsidiary, FlyArystan on May 1. Positioned as a ‘low-fare, high-quality’ airline, it is the latest entry into the increasingly competitive CIS market. The budget firm is based at Almaty International, and starts with six domestic routes: Taraz; Shymkent; Pavlodar; Uralsk; Nur-Sultan (previously Astana) and Karaganda. Due to the enormous size of Kazakhstan, some sectors have scheduled journey times of up to three hours.

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