Air Astana’s Indian passengers enjoy 72 hours
Air Astana passengers holding Indian passports can enjoy 72 hours visa free stopovers in Kazakhstan with effect from 23thApril 2018 until the end of the year. Passengers with Air Astana flights transiting in Almaty and Astana simply need to notify check-in staff at thepoint of departure in order to enjoy the benefit of a visa free visit.
Air Astana offers Delhi – Almaty daily flights and a Delhi – Astana service 3 times a week operated by modern Airbus and Embraer aircraft. The direct flight connecting the capitals of India and Kazakhstan was introduced on July 2, 2017. Lead-in return economy class fares, including all taxes start at 19 968 INR* with return business class fares starting at 81 484 INR*. Tickets can be purchased at Air Astana ticketing office in New Delhi (city and/or airport) or at www.airastana.com.
“Air Astana has been enjoying significant growth in transit traffic through the Almaty and Astana over the past two years, particularly from New Delhi,” said Richard Ledger, vice-president Marketing and Sales, Air Astana. “I’m in no doubt that the introduction of 72 hours visa free entry to Kazakhstan for Indian passport holders will further boost transit traffic. We look forward to welcoming more Indian passengers on Air Astana flights and hope they enjoy the attractions of Almaty and Astana; particularly given our US$1 Stopover Holidays program that offers one night accommodation withbreakfast and return airport transfers.”
Since introduction of the first flight between two countries Air Astana has carried almost 570 thousand passengers. Favourite Air Astana destinations for Indian passengers include Moscow, Kiev, Tbilisi, Baku, Istanbul and Bishkek. Additional cities, where Air Astana provides convenient onward flights include St.Petersburg, Omsk, Novosibirsk, Beijing and Urumqi as well London, Frankfurt, and Paris. Air Astana’s transit traffic for period of January – March 2018 grew by 62 percent compared for the same period last year, which represents almost 30 percent of total passenger traffic.
About Air Astana
Air Astana, the national carrier of Kazakhstan, operates flights to over 60 domestic and international routes from hubs in Astana and Almaty. The company was incorporated in late 2001 and commenced operations on 15 May 2002. Air Astana fleet consists of Boeing 767/757, Airbus A320 Family aircraft including A320neo and A321neo and Embraer 190 aircraft. Air Astana became the first carrier from Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States (the CIS) and Eastern Europe to be awarded the prestigious 4-Star rating by Skytrax at its World Airline Awards 2012 and was also named ‘The Best Airline in Central Asia and India’ that year. Both achievements were repeated in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. TripAdvisor has named Air Astana as a Winner in the Regional Airlines – Asia category in the 2018 Travellers’ Choice Awards, which identifies travellers’ favourite carriers around the globe.