Kazakhstan’s flag carrier Air Astana is set to resume flights from Almaty and Nur-Sultan to regional centres across the country following the end of the national state of emergency on May 11.

Air Astana cancelled all domestic flights on March 22 and all international flights on March 30.

Services to cities Aktobe and Kyzylorda  from Almaty and Nur-Sultan will resume on May 12 and 13 respectively, while flights to Oskemen from Almaty and Nur-Sultan will restart on May 13 and 14 respectively. The carrier said all flights will be operated by an Airbus A320/A321 and Embraer E190-E2 aircraft.

“Flights to more cities across the country will resume as soon as local airports re-open,” reads a statement from the carrier.

A spokesperson from the airline told Business Traveller Asia-Pacific that “passengers must provide negative Covid-19 tests before flying”.

Air Astana began regular flights in May 2002 and operated a network of 60 international and domestic routes from hubs in Almaty and Nur-Sultan before the coronavirus crisis.