Air Astana has resumed direct flights to the Maldives once again, from Almaty to the Maldives.
Air Astana is the flag carrier of Kazakhstan, based in Almaty. It used to operate scheduled, domestic and international services on 64 routes from its main hub, Almaty International Airport, and from its secondary hub, Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport, before the pandemic.
The airline will operate flights thrice a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. The route between the Maldives and Almaty is to be taken on by the brand-new Airbus 321 neo, which features 16 lie-flat business class seats and 150 economy class seats. Although all seats have in-flight entertainment, business class features a 16-inch screen compared to ten inches in economy.
It was announced that Air Astana is to operate larger aircraft to the Maldives as well, due to rising demand during the holiday season. Thus, from 16th December till 16th January, a Wide Body Boeing 767 is to operate to carry more passengers. Previously, Airbus LR 321 was used for the route.