EU lifts flight restrictions on Kazakhstan’s airlines

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During a weekly government meeting chaired by Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev, the Minister of Investments and Development Zhenis Kassymbek announced that EU flight restrictions placed on Kazakh airline companies had been lifted. Five airlines, Air Astana, SCAT, ComLux, KazAirJet & Prime Aviation, can now can fly to the EU countries.

In its preliminary report, the ICAO Commission indicated that significant progress in Kazakhstan’s aviation security had been made, and that it expected to upgrade the Kazakh air industry and its rankings. “Within the framework of the “100 concrete steps” Kazakhstan had aimed to transform its airlines industry to replicate the British model of state regulation with a goal of meeting ICAO requirements,” said the minister.

A pilot project for a 72-hour visa-free regime for Chinese citizens flying on Kazakh airlines through Astana and Almaty airports, which was first implemented during the Astana EXPO in June 2017, has been extended until the end of 2018.  The Government is also examining the possibility of introducing this rule for Indian citizens as well. The Prime Minister said that such a visa regime for citizens of a country with a population of over a billion would help to enhance international visits.

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