A round of Bilateral Air Services Agreement (ASA) consultations was held between the United Arab Emirates and the Republic of Kazakhstan Wednesday, 13 November 2019 at the headquarters of the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) in Dubai, in which the air transport relations between the two countries was discussed for the purpose of increasing air traffic movement between them.
As a result of these consultations, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed, lifting the restrictions on designation of airlines and number of flights between the two countries included in the previous Memorandum of Understanding of 1995.
Both Parties also agreed on the lifting of restrictions on all-cargo and non-scheduled passenger services and on the text of the code sharing arrangements between the National Carriers of both countries. Additionally, both Parties agreed to discuss the text of the initialed Air Services Agreement of 1995 and exchanged the draft text of a new Agreement which is to be reviewed and initialed in the next round of ASA consultations.
Currently, the National Carriers of the United Arab Emirates operate a total of 19 weekly passenger services to the airports of the Republic of Kazakhstan: Etihad Airways operates two weekly passenger flights to the city of Nur-Sultan, flydubai operates seven (7) weekly passenger flights to the city of Almati and five (5) weekly passenger flights to Nur-Sultan. Additionally, Air Arabia operates five (5) weekly passenger flights to Almati.
Air Astana, the flag carrier of the Republic of Kazakhstan, operates twelve (12) weekly passenger flights to Dubai International Airport.