Tajikistan’s privately owned air carrier Somon Air is expected to increase the frequency of service between Dushanbe and the Kazakh city of Almaty from one-time weekly to two-times weekly starting from May 2.

Somon Air will operate this flight on Mondays and Wednesdays.  

According to information posted on Somon Air’s official website, the price for economy class on the flight from Dushanbe to Almaty will be 192.00 euros (equivalent to 2,558 somonis), while the economy class ticket on the return flights (from Almaty to Dushanbe) will cost 66.00 euros (equivalent to 879 somonis). 

As it was reported on April 20, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan plan to increase the number of mutual passenger flights.

Citing the press center of Kazakhstan’s Civil Aviation Committee, Kapitla.kz says Kazakhstan’s flag carrier Air Astana plans to increase frequency of service between Almaty and Dushanbe from one-time weekly to three-time weekly starting from May 1 and from three-times weekly to four-times weekly on June 1.  

Thus, the total frequency of flights between the capitals of the two countries will reach six per week.

Somon Air is the first private airline in Tajikistan with an office headquartered in Dushanbe.  The airline operations are based at Dushanbe International Airport.  The airline started operating on February 5, 2008 with regular flights to Moscow and Dubai.  Somon Air also serves as the official carrier of President of the Republic of Tajikistan and other Tajikistan high-ranking officials.

Air Astana is the flag carrier of Kazakhstan, based in Almaty.  It operates scheduled, domestic and international services on 64 routes from its main hub, Almaty International Airport, and from its secondary hub, Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport.  It is a joint venture between Kazakhstan's sovereign wealth fund Samruk-Kazyna (51%), and BAE Systems PLC (49%).  It was incorporated in October 2001 and started commercial flights on May 15, 2002.