Simple Flying is delighted to invite you to our next webinar of 2022, where we will be meeting the CEO of Kazakhstan's flag carrier. Peter Foster, CEO of Air Astana, will be in conversation with Tom Boon, Content Manager of Simple Flying on YouTube Live.
An Airline Bouncing Back
While many airlines continued to grapple with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, one airline was instead busy setting record passenger numbers. The Air Astana Group carried 6.6 million passengers. This allowed the airline to return to the black posting a profit of thirty-six point one million US dollars during 2021.
Almost half of the airline group’s passengers were carried by FlyArystan, a low-cost subsidiary launched by the airline in 2019. 2021 was the subsidiary’s first normal year of operations with the airline’s fleet growing to encompass ten Airbus A320 family aircraft.
Despite the good news of 2021, the airline has faced a little bit of a bumpy start to 2022. At the start of January, its entire operations were suspended for several days due to unrest in the airline’s home country. Thankfully for the airline, this was a v-shaped event, meaning the recovery was as quick as the incident’s arrival.
More recently the airline has also been impacted by the conflict in Ukraine. The initial impacts meant the airline couldn’t fly to the county, though more recently Air Astana has also been unable to serve Russian airports or fly through the country’s airspace. As a result, flights to Europe have to fly much further to the south adding time and costs to flights.