Kazakhstan based Low Cost Carrier and subsidiary of Air Astana, FlyArystan has launched direct flight between Almaty and Mumbai. The airline is currently the only one to connect Kazakhstan to Mumbai.
FlyArystan : Mumbai to Almaty Launch
On January 4, FlyArystan launched non-stop flights betweenAlmaty International Airport in Kazakhstan and Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in India. The airline operated the maiden flight using an Airbus A320neo registered as EI-KBW. This brand new Airbus A320neo was delivered to FlyArystan on 2 November 2023. The airline has named it after a constellation in the sky – Drako. It has a total of 188 seats in all Economy configuration.
The maiden flight departed Almaty International Airport at 10:07 AM and landed at Mumbai Airport at 01:39 PM Local Time. At the time of writing this article, the aircraft is flying back from Mumbai to Almaty. It departed at 03:25 PM and is currently flying out of Pakistan Airspace. From now, the airline will operate twice weekly flights between both cities on Thursday and Saturday.
Timings are as following :
KC 7857 : Departs Almaty at 09:15 hrs and arrives at Mumbai Airport at 13:35 hrs.
KC 7858 : Departs Mumbai at 14:50 hrs and reaches Almaty Airport at 19:50 hrs Local Time
This flight between Mumbai and Almaty was expected to be launched in November 2023. Earlier, the airline opened bookings of twice weekly flights from November 23. But due to some reason, the airline decided to postpone this route. One of the most possible reason because of this postponement is low traffic between both the countries.
In July to September quarter, only 184 passengers travelled from Kazakhstan to India. Talking about the other way round, 681 passengers travelled from India to Kazakhstan.
Let me remind you that this is traffic from three months. It means that most of the flights were flying empty. In the same period, Indian airline IndiGo also started flights between Delhi and Almaty.
There are high chances that due to low traffic, this route was postponed. However, now, the demand and flights both are back. This route is known as silk route because of its history. Currently, it is utilised mainly by students pursuing medical degrees in Kazakhstan and medical traffic from Kazakhstan.
The network between both countries India and Kazakhstan is not the most robust. We will not talk about the one stop flights of Emirates, Etihad, Qatar, Saudia, FlyDubai and others. We will only look at Non-stop market.
In non-stop segment, Almaty International Airport is connected to both Delhi and Mumbai with non-stop flights. FlyArystan today established the only connection between Mumbai and Almaty. On Delhi to Almaty route, 3 airlines are operating. These are – Air Astana, FlyArystan and IndiGo.
Air Astana operates 11X weekly and both IndiGo and FlyArystan operates thrice weekly flights each. FlyArystan is the Low Cost subsidiary of Air Astana only. So, in total, the Air Astana group airlines operates 14X weekly and IndiGo operates thrice weekly.
In May 2023, FlyArystan launched flights between Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport and Shymkent International Airport. However, it terminated the twice weekly service from Winter Schedule Initiation.