(10 Mar 2022, 12:22 +07)
With airline revenue increasing by 92% to US$756
million, Air Astana recovered from a loss-making 2020 to declare a
profit after tax of US$36.1 million in 2021.
The Kazakhstan-based airline group carried a total
of 6.6 million passengers in 2021, an increase of 79% and the
highest number in its history.
Air Astana E190-E2 with snow leopard livery. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com
Air Astana’s full-service arm carried 3.5 million
of those passengers, whilst its low-cost subsidiary FlyArystan
carried 3.1 million.
Freight carriage grew by 27%.
“The group recovered from the effects of the
global pandemic far quicker than expected. Domestic traffic was
strong and FlyArystan, in what is effectively its first full year
of operation given that 2020 was partially a write-off, posted
very strong growth and a small profit. Regional international
yields firmed, and new ‘lifestyle’ routes to tourist destinations
exceeded all expectations,” said
Peter Foster, President and CEO
of Air Astana. “2022 has thrown up new and early challenges. The
troubles in Kazakhstan in early January were a V-shaped event for
us, however the conflict in Ukraine, a country in which we have
had a strong presence since 2013, is posing multiple challenges.
We pray that it may be resolved soon not only for business reasons
but more importantly, so that people in affected countries to
which we fly can return to their normal lives.”