Kazakhstan woos AirAsia over direct Malaysia flights
Malaysia-based AirAsia, the largest low-cost airline in Asia and the 13th in the world, is planning to launch direct flights from Malaysia to Kazakhstan, according to the sources in Kazakh civil aviation committee.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia hosted a meeting of the Kazakhstani delegation and the co-owner and founder of the AirAsia group of companies Datuk Kamarudin bin Meranun and AirAsia Executive Director Benyamin Bin Ismail. The delegation of Kazakhstan consisted of representatives of the Civil Aviation Committee, the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Malaysia, airports of Nur-Sultan, Almaty and Karaganda.
The parties discussed the possibility of launching direct AirAsia flights between Kazakhstan and Malaysia.
In order to develop the Astana International Financial Center and the country’s tourism potential, the Malaysian side was offered the opportunity to make 5th freedom flights through Kazakhstan to the world’s largest financial centers. «Open sky» mode is introduced in the airports of Nur-Sultan, Almaty, Karaganda, Shymkent, Ust-Kamenogorsk, Pavlodar, Kokshetau, Taraz, Petropavlovsk and Semey.
In turn, Mr. Datuk Kamarudin bin Meranun expressed interest in launching 5th freedom direct flights from the city of Almaty to Rome, Milan, Nice and New York.
A roundtable was also held with the Under Secretary for Aviation Mr. Mohamad Radzuan Bin Mazlan. The parties considered the issues of expanding air traffic by Malaysian airlines including AirAsia. The Malaysian aviation authorities expressed full support for Kazakhstan’s initiative to open new flights between the two countries.
AirAsia is a low-cost airline of Malaysia. It is the largest low-cost airline in Asia and the 13th in the world. It operates flights to 152 destinations in 22 countries across the world. The aircraft fleet consists of 265 aircraft. The main transit hub of the airline is Kuala Lumpur International Airport.