Kazakhstan Internal Flights Cancelled & Impossible to buy replacements. Ideas?

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  • RobertBLondon
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    I had booked an Air Astana return from Nur Sultan [TSE] to Kostanay [KSN] & then received texts cancelling saying they would no longer fly that route. Now no replacement flights are coming up on any of the aggregators. Can anyone suggest why before there was plenty of choice & now suddenly nothing? Who should I book?

    I tried what they suggested but the site does not show any options either. Text was:
    “Flight KC336 Kostanay-Nur-Sultan at 11:15 19.10.19 has been cancelled. Due to flight cancellation we can offer a full refund. Please contact your ticketing office or Air Astana for further information. Flights Kostanay-Nur-Sultan-Kostanay in future will be operated by FlyArystan, ticketing available at http://www.flyarystan.com

    I also tried Scat Air & there are some flights but not on the days I previously had & their website is flaky to say the least. Any good ideas from anyone?


    Ekond222
    Participant

    …The lack of flights maybe due to delays of the re-construction work that was scheduled earlier this year – if it has re-opened – then flying via Almaty is probably your best bet…


    Jones
    Participant

    Welcome to the world of flying in Central Asia, Robert – I can sympathise; a couple of months’ ago I arrived at Almaty airport only to be told that my flight on Qazaq Air to Bishkek had been cancelled. The next flight was 24 hours later (no good to me), so my only other option was to take a cab.

    Despite the huge expanses between cities (Kazakhstan is the 9th largest country in the world), drivers are generally happy to go long distances – time isn’t exactly money out here. The key is to allow plenty of wiggle room although when flights actually do take off, they’re on the whole pretty punctual.

    Regarding prices – the better your Russian, the lower the fare !!


    maxgeorge
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    Almaty-Bishkek can be done by comfortable, reserved seat a/c bus from the Sayarn Bus terminal.

    5 per day, about 5 hours, about €11.


    Jones
    Participant

    I’ve taken that bus before, although in this case I didn’t have the luxury of time; I arrived at Almaty airport at 11pm for a flight shortly after midnight; needed to be at my hotel in Bishkek for an 8am start the following morning – hence a taxi was the only solution.

    Fortunately it all worked out OK (if you call ‘arriving into Bishkek at 3:30am ‘OK’) but I haven’t booked with Qazak Air since !!

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