New LCC FlyArystan served in excess of 51,000 passengers during its first month of operation
Summarising the results of May 2019, its first full month of operations, Kazakhstan’s only low-cost carrier (LCC) FlyArystan announced that it carried more than 51,000 passengers during its first month of operations. The LCC completed 309 flights during the period, with on-time performance reaching 94 per cent and achieving a passenger load factor of an average of 93 per cent.
The total number of tickets sold by the airline by the end of May amounted to more than 125,000, with more than 60 per cent of them for future flights over the next few months.
A press-office statement says: “We are pleased that Kazakhstanis across the country have rapidly appreciated the advantages of high quality affordable flights with FlyArystan. More broadly, we have established FlyArystan and flying in general in the minds of customers as a viable means of travelling around our wonderful but vast country. Our customers really have been very varied. Just the other day a customer who was 94 years old flew with us, with another new customer being just 17 days old.”
On May 30th FlyArystan commenced new operations on the Almaty-Pavlodar and Almaty-Shymkent routes, which have been added to the existing services connecting the country’s largest city with Nur-Sultan, Taraz, Uralsk and Karaganda.
The Almaty-based FlyArystan, the central Asian country’s new low-fare airline, which took to the skies for the first time on May 1, is a division of Air Astana and currently operates a fleet of two six-year-old Airbus A320 aircraft configured with 180 seats, with two more aircraft expected to join its fleet by the year-end. It is hoping to carry some 700,000 passengers in 2019.
FlyArystan is following the classic LCC business model and is initially serving only domestic routes but has plans to expand to regional international routes in the mid-term. FlyArystan’s fleet is planned to reach at least 15 aircraft by 2022 as it operates from multiple aircraft bases in Kazakhstan.
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