Kazakhstan and Tajikistan will increase the number of mutual passenger flights, Kapitla.kz says, citing the press center of Kazakhstan’s Civil Aviation Committee.

Thus, Tajikistan’s privately owned air carrier Somon Air plans to increase frequency of service between Dushanbe and Almaty from one-time weekly to two-times weekly starting from April 25, 2022.  

Meanwhile, Kazakhstan’s flag carrier Air Astana plans to increase frequency of service between Almaty and Dushanbe from one-time weekly to three-times weekly starting from May 1 and from three-times weekly to four-times weekly on June 1.  

Thus, the total frequency of flights between the capitals of the two countries will reach six per week.

Recall, Tajikistan resumed regular flights to Kazakhstan in March 2021 following the improvement of the coronavirus situation.

Somon Air is the first private airline in Tajikistan with an office headquartered in Dushanbe.  The airline operations are based at Dushanbe International Airport.  The airline started operating on February 5, 2008 with regular flights to Moscow and Dubai.  Somon Air also serves as the official carrier of President of the Republic of Tajikistan and other Tajikistan high-ranking officials.

Air Astana is the flag carrier of Kazakhstan, based in Almaty.  It operates scheduled, domestic and international services on 64 routes from its main hub, Almaty International Airport, and from its secondary hub, Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport.  It is a joint venture between Kazakhstan's sovereign wealth fund Samruk-Kazyna (51%), and BAE Systems PLC (49%).  It was incorporated in October 2001 and started commercial flights on May 15, 2002.