NUR-SULTAN – Qatar Airways is set to launch direct flights to Kazakhstan connecting the Kazakh capital, Almaty and Qatar capital Doha under the open skies regime introduced Nov. 1 at the country’s 11 airports, reported sputniknews.kz. Negotiations between the countries’ civil aviation authorities concluded Nov 8.
Qatar Civil Aviation Administration President Abdullah Nasser Turki al-Dubai, Kazakh Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development Civil Aviation Committee Chair Talgat Lastayev, Kazakh Ambassador to Qatar Askar Shokybayev and representatives of Qatar Airways, Air Astana and the Almaty Airport participated in the talks.
“The first flights between Nur-Sultan and Doha will be launched in December. This will allow passengers from Kazakhstan to travel to 160 destinations around the world,” said Qatar Airways Senior Vice President Fathi Atti.
The flights will be carried out within the fifth degree of the freedom of the air, which permits the right to regular air transportation, granted by one state to another, when the designated carrier can unload and take onboard passengers, mail and goods coming to or from a third state in the territory of the partner country. Qatar Airways is one of the world’s largest airlines with a fleet of 233 aircraft. The airline, which last year transported more than 29 million passengers, has its main transit hub in Doha’s Hamad International Airport.