Lufthansa and Air Astana, the national carrier of Kazakhstan, have signed a codeshare agreement valid on Air Astana’s flights between Astana and Frankfurt, and Lufthansa’s flights from Frankfurt to Almaty and Astana.

Coming into effect on March 26, the codeshare agreement will allow passengers to choose from a combined total of 14 flights per week instead of the seven weekly flights between Kazakhstan and Germany by each carrier.

This is particularly good news for passengers looking to connect more conveniently to onward flights. Additionally, passengers can fly a combination of Air Astana and Lufthansa services using a single ticket and code for either of the two airlines – providing through check-in for both baggage and boarding pass/registration.

In order to provide increased convenience for its passengers, Air Astana will move to Terminal 1 at Frankfurt Airport for ease of connectivity with Lufthansa and partner airline flights.

Regarding the new agreement, Peter Foster, president and CEO of Air Astana, said: “I’m delighted that the longstanding cooperative relationship between Air Astana and Lufthansa is being further strengthened. This is a winning step for both airlines and their passengers flying between Kazakhstan and Germany.”

Axel Hilgers, Lufthansa’s senior director of sales for Russia, CIS and Israel, added: “Passengers of both Lufthansa and Air Astana will have a much greater choice in flight options. Kazakhstan is one of the fastest-growing economies in the world and we welcome Air Astana as our new partner, and as the leading airline to and from Central Asia.”,