Etihad to launch Kazakhstan route

22 Jul 2008 by Mark Caswell

Etihad Airways
has announced it will start flights from Abu Dhabi to Kazakhstan’s largest
city, Almaty, in December.

The airline will
ply the route four times a week from December 2, using an Airbus A319
configured for 104 passengers, with 20 seats in business
class and 84 in economy.

Flight EY296 will depart from Abu Dhabi on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at
1020, arriving in Almaty at 1635 the same day, with return flight EY297 leaving
Kazakhstan at 1735, arriving
in Abu Dhabi at

The new route will provide good outbound
connection possibilities for passengers travelling from London,
as Etihad has a daily flight leaving London at
2120, arriving into Abu Dhabi
at 0725 the next morning. Inbound is not quite so convenient though, as the
first Abu Dhabi-London flight after 2030 is British Airways’ 0210 departure,
followed by a 0245 flight with Etihad.

The only direct flights from London to Almaty are
Bmi’s three-times weekly service (Monday, Thursday and Saturday) and Air
Astana’s twice-weekly flight (Tuesday and Saturday). Other options would be to
fly via Amsterdam with KLM, Frankfurt with
Lufthansa, or Moscow
with Aeroflot.

Almaty is the traditional and cultural
capital of Kazakhstan
(the official capital is Astana), with a population of 1.2 million people. The
city’s economy has grown rapidly since the country gained independence in 1990,
with the oil and gas sectors benefitting from large amounts of foreign

For more information visit
or click here to read the Business
Four-Hour Guide to Almaty.

Report by Mark Caswell

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