Kazakh airlines to lower plane ticket prices20 february 2015, 21:33
Plane ticket prices in Kazakhstan will be lowered, Tengrinews report citing First Deputy Minister of Investments and Development Zhenis Kasymbek.
“Last week we had a meeting with representatives of the major airlines (in Kazakhstan). The recommendation of the Ministry was to consider lowering the airfares. Air Astana is going to lower its plane ticket prices. I am sure that SCAT will also decrease the prices. They will provide us the calculations. The price of fuel has considerably decreased. Since jet fuel constitutes 30% of the plane ticket price in Air Astana, and in SCAT it constitutes 38%, we have demanded that they lower (the prices) accordingly,” Kasymbek told the journalists.
He added that the prices for railway tickets would remain the same.
The Ministry also applied to the Mayor's Offices of all the cities of Kazakhstan calling them to consider lowering the cost of public transport fairs.
Earlier in February, Air Astana, Kazakhstan’s national airline, announced its decision to cut its fuel surcharges for domestic flights by 20% starting February 14 amid the lowering jet fuel prices in Kazakhstan.
Besides, chairman of the Civil Aviation Committee (CAC) of the Ministry of Investment and Development Serik Mukhtybaev recently spoke at the briefing in Astana and said that plane ticket prices in Kazakhstan would be reduced. "Fuel is a primary component of the ticket price. Amid the general trend of lowering fuel prices, plane tickets might also become cheaper. But the question is a commercial one and is not for a public authority to decide," he said then.
Reporting by Asemgul Kassenova, writing by Assel Satubaldina, editing by Tatyana Kuzmina