How important is Russia for Air Astana?

How  important is Russia for Air Astana?

Air Astana has marked 16 years of successful operation in the Russian market.  The airline inaugurated services to Russia in 2002, with the first flights from Astana and Almaty to Moscow. Between 2009 and 2012, additional services were launched from Astana to Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Omsk and St. Petersburg, as well as from Almaty to Kazan and St. Petersburg. Earlier this month, two new services commenced from Astana to Tyumen and Kazan, which brought the total number Russian cities being served from Kazakhstan to seven.

“Russia continues to be one of Air Astana’s most important markets and together with China and India, service frequencies with continue to grow in the future,” said Peter Foster, President and CEO of Air Astana. “Air Astana currently operates daily flights from Moscow, Novosibirsk, St. Petersburg and Yekaterinburg, with many of our passengers taking advantage of onward connections from the Astana and Almaty hubs to destinations in Asia, Caucasus, Central Asia and the Gulf.”

Since 2012, Air Astana has transported almost 4.5 million passengers and 24,000 tons of cargo on services to Russia, with revenue passenger-kilometers exceeding 13 million. During the first half of 2018, the passenger load factor on Russian services was almost 70%.

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Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.

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