Astana International Airport was founded in 1931 as small-size airport for handling small aircrafts. Nowadays, 80 years after, it’s one of the most modern airports on the Eurasian continent. There are about 80 flights every day to neighboring countries and beyond.
Airport renders services for more than 20 airlines, which perform regularly passenger flights to CIS and non-CIS states. They are: “Air Astana”, “Scat”, “Zhetysu”, “Bek Air”, “Qazaq Air”, “AtlasJet”, “Aeroflot”, “Lufthansa”, “Asiana Airlines” “Etihad airways”, “Fly Dubai”, “Turkish airlines”, “O’zbekiston Havo Yo’llari”, “Belavia”, “Ukraine International Airlines”, “China Southern Airlines”, “Air Arabia”, “Rossiya”, “KLM” and others. Every year one or two air companies open new routes in Astana Airport .
There are regularly flights to all regional centers of Kazakhstan and to the cities of CIS such as: Moscow, Tashkent, Kiev, Minsk, Tbilisi, Bishkek, Baku, Kazan, Tomsk, Novosibirsk, Omsk, St. Petersburg and Yekaterinburg. And there are also flights to far-abroad countries: Frankfurt, Vienna, Abu-Dhabi, Istanbul, Beijing, Antalya, Urumqi, Sharjah, London, Seoul, Paris. In 2016, airport rendered services for 3 mln 419 thousand passengers and handled 8 990 ton of cargo.
Nowadays, airport Astana has capability receive all types of aircraft without any limits. The Development of airport Astana is carried out in accordance with international standards of IATA (International Air Transport Association) and ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization). Airport is a member of the international organization as Ground Handling Council IATA. The favorable conditions are made for cooperation with new airlines, as for cargo and passenger one.
Airport’s advantage is the geographic location, which is in the middle of Eurasia and this very location attracts foreign airlines.
Airport Astana is certificated as IIIA category of ICAO standards. Installed modern equipment gives possibility to dispatchers of tower to find out, identify and escort aircraft and special techniques on the flight field, which screens on the towerman’s monitor. It allows to control and provide safety of traffic on the aerodrome at bad visibility. Now airport Astana can accept and dispatch aircraft with runway visibility till 200 meters and more, аs for the past period the meteorological minimum of aerodrome was 350 meters. Even, if it is rainy or windy, airport Astana gives possibility to aircraft to make safe landing at horizontal visibility only 200 meters and vertical – 15.
Airport Astana makes all efforts to make the passengers staying comfortable at the airport, and offers new services in the terminal. At the airport is operating “Duty Free” shop, pharmacy, restaurant “Sattilik”, café “Coffee yard”, call-center, self-registration stands. Astana airport offers the most comfortable conditions for its passengers: CIP and VIP lounges, mother and baby rooms, prayer rooms, baggage office, and smoking room in departure halls, stands for mobile devices charge. During the flight waiting time, passengers are welcomed at restaurants, cafes and bars. The passengers can also use post services, cash machine of different banks, exchange money. You can buy tickets at Airport’s or airlines’ cash-desks, which are located on the 2nd There are many stores of national souvenirs, where you can buy gifts for yourself or for your friends. There is also parking-place for passenger’s personal cars.
There is automated toll and alternative free parking for passengers’ private vehicles.
Since 2015 in Astana International Airport offers its service an official taxi, which can be ordered in the arrival hall.
Capital airport is the visit card of the State and it makes all efforts to give good impression for their visitors.