April 5. Information Center - The Hazret Sultan international airport in
Turkistan announced an increase in international flights to Istanbul in May,
according to the Kazakh Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development,
The Astana Times reports.
Starting May 3, Turkish Airlines will launch regular flights
from Turkistan to Istanbul. The flights will be operated on a Boeing-737 three
times a week, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
Kazakhstan’s low-cost carrier Fly Arystan launched flights
to Istanbul on March 21 and plans to increase its frequency to seven days a
week from May 17.
There are also plans to launch flights to neighbouring
Bishkek and Tashkent.
Built by the Turkish YDA Group, the new international
its doors in September of 2020.
The opening ceremony was attended by Kazakhstan’s First
President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who, in June 2018, signed a decree giving
Turkistan the status of a regional center spurring major development of the
city since then.
The Kazakh government has been seeking to promote it as the
spiritual center of the Turkic world, a status it officially
received at the recent informal meeting of the Turkic Council, because
of its countless destinations for pilgrimage and its historical importance.
The officials expect the new airport, with a capacity
reaching nearly three million passengers per year, to attract new tourism and
investment opportunities to the region.