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Foreign experts present 20-year plan for development of Almaty airport

01 april 2013, 18:21
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Foreign experts have developed a general plan of development of Almaty airport until 2031, Tengrinews.kz reports.

The airport will be able to service the growing flows of passengers and cargoes and ensure a sufficient number of landing-takeoff operations. According to head of the public relations department of Lufthansa Consulting Hollwurtel, the company has developed a concept of infrastructure development for managing space at the territory of the airport and the airfield.

In particular, the company is planning to develop the existing and new terminals and facilities for processing of cargoes, technical maintenance and the air strips system.

Almaty international airport is the first airport in CIS with the navigation equipment of III B category under ICAO classification for airway strips. This equipment is important to ensure air safety under poor weather conditions.

Earlier Air Astana pointed out shortcomings of Almaty airport. The company’s representatives complained about insufficient number of registration counters to serve the passengers flow. However, according to the Freight Organization Director of Almaty International Airport Bolat Yerzhanov, “despite of a significant increase of the passengers flow in the morning hours, the maximum flow of all air companies in Almaty airport does not exceed 1,300 passengers per hour in the peak hours, which complies with the nominal capacity of the terminal”.

According to Hollwurtel, the airport currently serves around 50 thousand flights and renders services to over 4 million passengers per year. The plan is that an increased volume of air freight will allow to significantly affect the social-economic development of Almaty and the country in general.

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