Kazakhstan - Алматы халықаралық әуежайы
Almaty International Airport is the major international airport in Almaty the largest city in Kazakhstan. Almaty International Airport is about 15 km northeast of the city. There are plans to build a new airport in Kapchagai reservoir. Turkish airport operator TAV signed an agreement to buy the International Airport, the main gateway into Kazakhstan. The airport is an important hub for the New Silk Road transport infrastructure connecting Europe and Asia.
- Runway: Two: 4,500 m & 4,400 m
- International destinations: Moscow, Frankfurt, Dubai, Istabul, Abu Dhabi
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The airport has international – distribution transport hub status, focused on attracting major freight flows in the Asia – Europe – Asia. In the short term, it is able to develop all the advantages of cargo hub for the whole Central Asian region with a population of over 60 million people. In 2007, Freight Service as part of Almaty International Airport, received the international quality certificate ISO 9001-2000, which corresponds to the requirements of the quality management system. Freight Service has qualified personnel who have received international training and having certificates for registration of dangerous cargo and palletizing.
The total area of the existing cargo terminal at Almaty is 28 000 square meters, including temporary storage, and the territory of transit-transfer zone. In the terminal there are specially marked places for storage of dangerous cargo covered areas for bulky cargo, safe storage of goods, cold stores. Warehouses equipped with all kinds of equipment for loading and unloading operations, technical and production parameters in line with international requirements.
Kazakhstan is looking for partnership with U.S. logistics companies to develop air cargo in the country’s two biggest airports.
In January 2022, the Government of Kazakhstan ratified and signed into law the Open Skies Agreement between the Government of Republic of Kazakhstan and the Government of the United States. The agreement is a first for Kazakhstan and paves the way for open direct passenger flights with an unlimited number of frequencies, destinations and airlines between Kazakhstan and the United States.The ratification of the Open Skies Agreement is an important first step toward its goal in establishing direct flights between both countries, yet Kazakhstan must still complete other operational requirements before a direct passenger route can be established.
The announcement is a positive development, particularly as there is high interest among Kazakhstan’s airports and major airlines in partnering with American logistics companies, to establish Kazakhstan as an air cargo transit hub between China and Europe. To enable same, Kazakhstan’s airports and airlines may provide deep discounts on warehouse services, and low prices for aviation fuel, navigation services and cargo terminal services. Furthermore, the Government of Kazakhstan may grant investors with tax preferences for corporate income tax, land tax, property tax, exemption from VAT for special economic zones (SEZ) members and reduction of tax liabilities.