“Kazakhstan considers gradual resumption of international air service,” head of the civil aviation committee of the Kazakh Industry and Infrastructure Development Talgat Lastayev has said.
Since the start of the pandemic 440 flights per week in 97 directions have been suspended. That is 99% of all international flights. At a meeting of the interdepartmental commission for prevention of coronavirus spread jointly with the Foreign Ministry and Healthcare Ministry it was assigned to work at resumption of international air service.
The Healthcare Ministry recommends first resuming air service with the countries with low risk up to the health situation. The first stage embraces China, South Korea and Azerbaijan.
The second stage includes Turkey, the UAE, Germany, Thailand and the Czech Republic.
The Foreign Ministry will negotiate issues concerning crossing of state borders by Kazakhstanis and foreign nationals. He stressed that air service would not start immediately. The flights will resume as far as all instances are coordinated and depending on the epidemiological situation. The certain opening dates will be determined yet. (Kazinform/Business World Magazine)