Kazakhstan to toughen requirements to airlines 07 февраля 2013, 19:38
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Kazakhstan government has developed qualification requirements for airlines that perform regular passenger flights in the country, Tengrinews.kz reports citing Kazakhstan Vice-Minister of Transport and Communications Azat Bekturov.
Bekturov stressed that these developments were not related to the plane crash near Almaty. The requirements had been developed long before the crash.
"We prepared them 6 months ago. This is quite a landmark document. The document regulates who can and who cannot perform regular flights in Kazakhstan. It regulates the financial part, figuratively speaking, how much money the company has to have and how many planes it should own. We are setting the minimum requirements to three planes, while Russia required a minimum of 8 aircrafts," the Vice-Minister said.
The most important requirement is that an airline cannot perform regular flights in Kazakhstan unless it holds the IOSA certificate. However, this rule will come into effect on January 1, 2015 only.
"If we had introduced this requirement, we would have only one company left now, because only Air Astana has the IOSA certificate. We are telling the market that we will not do it tomorrow, we will do it on January 1, 2015, a little less than two years from now. Put everything in order, comply with requirements, get ready. Otherwise, you will not be able to fly. The measures are very tough," Bekturov said.
The Vice-Minister noted that some airlines took the new rules very painfully.
"They don't like the three aircrafts requirement. We used to have airlines with only one plane. Not many companies like to spend money, prepare and comply with rules for the IOSA audit," the Vice-Minister said.
Bekturov believes that new rules will make businessmen think twice if they really want to deal with passengers transportation.
"This is a serious business. It is no trade, where profits are instant and big. This business has a small margin and serious requirements: there should be three aircrafts, personnel has to be trained, spare parts should be of proper quality and quontity, etc. People have to enter it with big money to be in this market. We expect that the companies willing to perform regular and not just charter flights will prepare," he said.
By Renat Tashkinbayev