World Monitor Magazine WM_Energy 2017 - Page 97

airlines Air Astana News Air Astana sees strong international traffic recovery in first half 2017. Air Astana has announced its operational results for the 1 st half of 2017. The airline carried 1,894,391 passengers for the period January-June 2017, of which 1,007,413 were domestic passengers and 886,978 were international passengers. Overall passenger traffic increased by 12% for the period. Whilst passenger growth on domestic routes was a relatively modest 4%, international traffic grew by 22%, driven to a large extent by network traffic transiting through its Astana and Almaty hubs, which grew by 62%. Cargo uplift increased by 22% for the same period. Recently Air Astana has signed a long- term lease agreement with AerCap for five Embraer E190-E2s, which will commence delivery to the airline during the final quarter of 2018. Turkish Airlines Transfer passengers of Turkish Airlines will have the great opportunity to discover Istanbul, the seamless hub of the global carrier by its newly announced service 'Stopover in Istanbul'. Turkish Airlines, the carrier that flies to more countries of the world than any other airline, now offers 'Stopover in Istanbul' service for the transfer passengers, departing from Kazakhstan to arrive to Americas (USA, Argentine, Brazil, Columbia, Panama, Cuba and Canada); Schengen zone countries; UK and Ireland; Tel Aviv, Dubai, Doha and Bahrein in Middle East; Cape town, Johannesburg and Durban in Africa, having more than 20 hours connecting time. In the frames of the new project the airline provides a complimentary accommodation and a great opportunity to discover the unique beauties of Istanbul during their connecting time. Having completed the flight booking process, the passenger receives the voucher issued by Turkish Airlines Almaty office enabling the economy class passengers to stay 1 night at a 4-star Grand Yavuz hotel in Sultanahmet; and the business class passengers to stay 2 nights at a 5-star Hilton Bomonti hotel in Taksim, generally described as the central points of Istanbul. supported by EUROBAK 95