Air Astana low-cost unit to add second base

Kazakhstan flag carrier Air Astana has announced its budget arm FlyArystan has selected its second domestic base, the company said.

Since May, FlyArystan has been operating six routes from Almaty using a pair of Airbus A320 narrowbodies handed down by parent Air Astana.

A new base is to be opened at Karaganda, Kazakhstan´s fourth-largest city, in the second quarter of 2020. One A320 will initially be stationed there, and the airline plans to add a second in late 2020 or early 2021.

By 2022, the airline said it plans to increase its fleet up to 15 aircraft stationed at several bases across Kazakhstan.