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  • Thick Fog at the Airport of Almaty City Caused Delay of Flights


    12 March 2008

    Thick fog at Almaty Airport affected about 20 "Air Astana" flights on 7 March.  As a consequence of the unfavourable weather conditions, five flights landed at other airports: Flight KC888 Beijing-Almaty and Flight KC890 Atyrau-Almaty landed at Astana Airport, Flight 174 Shymkent-Almaty and Flight KC856 Astana-Almaty at the airpot of Bishkek city, Kyrgyzstan, and Flight KC306 Pavlodar-Almaty landed at Karaganda Airport. Three flights were postponed until the following day: Flight KC876 Moscow-Almaty, Flight KC860 Aktau-Almaty, and Flight KC882 Oral-Almaty.   

    Berdykhan Agmurov, Control Centre Manager, says: “The weather at the airport of Almaty city has begun to worsen from yesterday (6 March). By midnight from 6 March, flight strip area was heavily fogged, and the minimum visibility was less than 100 m. In line with requirements of Almaty Airport, the minimum visibility for takeoff should be 200 m and that for landing should be 350 m. We hope weather to improve soon”.

    Duration of delays varied from two to ten hours. After the first two hours, hot tea was provided to passengers and a nursery for those traveling with children under the age of 7.  After the 4  hours of delay, passengers were provided with hot meal, airline staff were kept  informing  passengers of the reasons and circumstances of the delay  and made it less an unpleasant experience. 

    Flights delays are an inconvenience not only to passengers but also to the airline, due to additional financial costs. "Air Astana" shares and understands the inconvenience such delays cause to its passengers and therefore apologises for the current circumstances!

    “Air Astana” is a full member of IATA and the only airline in Kazakhstan certified for aircrafts maintenance to European EASA/Part 145 standards.

    “Air Astana” JSC is a joint enterprise of the Kazakhstan State Holding “Samruk” and British company "BAE Systems" with share-holdings of 51% and 49% respectively.

    Currently the “Air Astana” aircraft fleet consists of western aircrafts such as Boeing B767-300, В757-200, Airbus А321, А320, and Fokker F50.

    For additional information, please contact:

    PR Department
    “Air Astana” JSC
    Phone: + 7727 2584135 ext.161
    Email: Zhanna.Badaubayeva@airastana.com