Aviation industry of Kazakhstan may lose US$702 million due to COVID-19 pandemic
The aviation sector of Kazakhstan may lose 300 billion Tenge (US$702 million) due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kazakh Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development Beibut Atamkulov said at a government meeting. He said that 100 percent of domestic flights and 98 percent of international flights were temporarily suspended in Kazakhstan due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Atamkulov noted that the passenger numbers tended to increase within the first quarter of 2020 before the state of emergency was imposed in the country. In total, Kazakh airlines carried 1.7 million passengers within the first three months of this year. This is 5.2 percent more than during the same period of the last year. Kazakhstan established direct flights to 26 foreign countries on 99 different international routes. Atamkulov also shared the plans for this year.
“This year we plan to launch a new international airport in Turkistan, as well as a new passenger terminal in Shymkent. In addition, we will start the renovation of the runway of the Urjar Airport,” Atamkulov said.
Atamkulov added that in case of getting the necessary funding they plan to renovate runways of the airports of Oskemen and Usharal. He also said that 13 new airfields will be built in Kazakhstan in the next five years.