Kazakhstan’s low cost airline FlyArystan is continuing to develop its domestic regional network by opening new routes across the country.

    The carrier has announced that, from 28 August, it will be possible to travel on direct, non-stop flights operated by Airbus A320 aircraft in 180-seat economy class layout to several new domestic destinations.

    The new routes for the carrier include Karaganda-Shymkent-Karaganda, Karaganda-Atyrau-Karaganda, Atyrau-Kostanay-Atyrau and Shymkent-Kostanay-Shymkent, among others. The airline noted that, historically, regional connections have been predominantly offered through the main hubs of Nur-Sultan and Almaty.

    Growing fleet

    Since its launch in May 2019, FlyArystan has carried 1.3 million passengers and the airline is planning to have more than 15 aircraft by 2022. It added two A320 aircraft in its fleet in October and December last year.

    When releasing its operating results for 2019, the airline reported that on average across all the airports it operates in, the average domestic passenger growth was 38% over the May – December period versus the previous year.

    Fly Arystan is a division of Air Astana, the national carrier of Kazakhstan based in Almaty which operates domestic and international flights from hubs in Astana and Almaty. Air AStana commenced operations in May 2002 and its fleet consists of Boeing 767/757, Airbus A320 family aircraft including A320neo and A321neo and Embraer E190/E190-E2 aircraft.

    Air Astana is a joint venture between Kazakhstan’s national wealth fund, Samruk Kazyna, and BAE Systems, with respective shares of 51% and 49%.