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Network planning update and airport infrastructure planning for Air Astana

Air Astana and Lufthansa Consulting have extended their fruitful relationship with a further project. The airline assigned Lufthansa Consulting to review its network and fleet plan taking into account the capacity constraints the airline is facing at Kazakhstan’s two main airports Almaty and Astana.

The consultancy developed a new hub structure focusing primarily on regional-to-regional connections that is meant to be easy to implement and to serve as backbone of the airline’s development in Kazakhstan. The aviation experts also revised the 5-year network and fleet plan in view of the new constraints and potential solutions for it. In line with the traffic projections, Lufthansa Consulting furthermore defined the minimum airport infrastructure requirements for the airline’s hub operation.

Air Astana offers scheduled services on more than 60 routes within Kazakhstan, to Central Asia, Russia and the CIS, Europe, the Middle East and Far East. In 2012, the carrier transported over three million passengers. It operates 26 aircraft (A320 family, B757, B767 and E-Jets). During this year’s 50th International Paris Air Show in June, Kazakhstan’s national airline once again achieved a Skytrax 4 Star rating being named as best airline and also with the best service delivery in Central Asia and India at the 2013 World Airline Awards ceremony. Both awards were previously given to Air Astana in 2012.