Astana Airport concluded the results of activity for the 1-st half of 2016
As a result of the activity of the airport of Astana for the first six months of 2016 passenger traffic reached more than 1.5 million people, which is 5% more than last year during the same period.
On domestic routes for 6 months of 2016 the total volume of passengers amounted more than 1 million. people (an increase of 11% compared to 2015). The most popular domestic routes were Almaty, Shymkent and Aktau.
On international routes the number of passengers amounted about 493 thousand people, which is 6% less than the figure for the 6 months of 2015. Popular destinations were Frankfurt, Istanbul and Moscow. Recession flights caused by development of domestic tourism, ticket prices rise on international routes.
Number of flights handled for 6 months of 2016 – 11 955 flights, which is 4% more than for the same period of 2015 (11 460 flights).
Number of handled cargo and mail in January-June 2016 amounted to 4012 tons, an increase is 11% compared to last year.
The main factors of growth rates of industrial activity began to increase in the frequency of flights on existing flights and the opening of new routes.
Since the beginning of the year at the capital airport the new routes have been opened. In May of current year the airline Air France KLM has opened a new direction to Amsterdam from Astana with a frequency of 4 times per week.
The charter tourist program also pleased with excellent quality. On June 1 BH Air airline resumed annual charter flights to Burgas. For the first time from Astana airport were opened new destinations to Sochi and Batumi by Skybus airline. Besides this airline operates charter flights on the route in the city of Grozny. In the summer season the airline Ellin Air resumed from May tourist program in the city of Thessaloniki. At the same time, our permanent partners: Air Astana, Turkish Airlines, Atlas Global resumed for the summer season charter flights to Antalya.
In the second quarter of this year the competition for the selection of tenants for commercial activities in the existing passenger terminal, which will make a staying of passengers at the airport of Astana comfortable and enjoyable, was carried out. The selection of service providers for commercial activities aimed at expansion of the conceptual proposals offered to passengers in the catering and the corresponding increase in the level of service.
Astana Airport is actively preparing to welcome guests of the exhibition Expo-2017. In this regard, the project phased reconstruction of the passenger terminal is realized. Currently, the works on the construction of monolithic concrete frame of the terminal building are finished, installation of metal roof structures, technical floor, the façade, construction and installation works on the construction of floors, partitions, installation of internal engineering communications are carried out, decorating is started.
With the introduction of the new passenger terminal automates a number of services. For example, in the new terminal will be introduced automated baggage handling system that will speed up and simplify the process itself baggage handling and reduce the waiting time of delivery of baggage.
It will be equipped with the latest and modern inspection equipment, which allows to simplify the inspection process, reduce the time to inspect, detect prohibited substances to be transported in seconds.
For passengers in the new passenger terminal airlines provide self-check-in desks. Also tourist accommodation desks in the waiting hall is planned.
The new terminal will be provided for an extensive area of duty free shops, which will extend the range of products offered.