Direct flights between Israel and Kazakhstan will improve economic and commercial relations betwen the two countries.

(Communicated by the MFA Spokesman)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Israeli embassy in Kazakhstan proudly announce the inauguration of the direct Almaty – Tel Aviv airline route.

Flight W7353, the inaugural flight on this route, will land at Ben Gurion airport tomorrow (Thursday, 28 June) at precisely 12:10 P.M.

The decision to establish a regular airline connection between the two cities was reached after years of discussions between the governments of Israel and Kazakhstan, and was enabled due to the close collaboration of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Tourism and the Israel-Kazakhstan Chamber of Commerce. Israeli ambassador to Kazakhstan, Mr. Ran Ichay, tirelessly committed himself to negotiations on this issue with the Kazakh authorities throughout his term of duty.  

Ambassador Ichay, the chairman of the Kazakh civil aviation committee and senior managers of Sayakhat Airlines will all arrive on the inaugural flight. They will be met at Ben Gurion Airport by representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Transport as well as by representatives of the Kazakh embassy in Israel.

With the intention of transmitting a message of religious tolerance and comradeship, the airline has invited both the deputy Mufti of Kazakhstan and the deputy Metropolit of the Pravoslavic Church of Kazakhstan as special guests on the inaugural flight. They will be met at the airport by the Chief Rabbi of Kazakhstan, who is currently visiting Israel.

The direct flights between Tel Aviv and Almaty will help improve economic and commercial relations between the two countries. Initially, there will be one scheduled flight a week. The frequency will increase to two flights a week at a later stage.