Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Astana pursues Central Asia hub status with new terminal

Neelam Mathews
Jun 13 2017

The new USD195 million Terminal 1 (T1) at Astana International Airport was officially opened by Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev on 31 May, before the three-month Expo 2017 began on 10 June.
Paolo Ricciotti, chairman of Astana International Airport.
Paolo Ricciotti, chairman of Astana International Airport. (NeelamMathews)
The new terminal went operational on 5 June with the initial transfer of all international airlines apart from Air Astana, which will be transferred at a later stage of operations. Air Astana is to use the airport as a hub, as will fast-growing SCAT Airlines (the second-largest airline in Kazakhstan).
The new terminal is an element of the State Programme of Infrastructure Development 2015-2019. As the only airport serving the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana International is fully state-owned and managed by the Airport Management Group, a 100% subsidiary of Kazakh Railways. Paolo Ricciotti, chairman of Astana ....more on Janes ..

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