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A Protocol between the aviation authorities of Kazakhstan and Iran on the implementation of direct regular flights between Kazakhstan and Iran by the Air Astana airline was signed in Tehran On January 17, 2016. According to the document, from June 2016 Air Astana will carry out direct flights between the cities of Tehran and Almaty three times a week.

A Kazakh delegation headed by Deputy Chairman of the Civil Aviation Committee of the Ministry of Investment and Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan Talgat Lastaev and Vice-President of Air Astana Yerbol Ospanov held talks in the Iranian capital with the leadership of the Iranian aviation authorities on launching of a direct flight between Tehran and Astana. At present, the Iranian airline Mahan Air services two flights per week between Tehran and Almaty.

Kazakh Ambassador to Iran Baghdad Amreyev noted that the Protocol is the first document signed by Iran with foreign countries after the abolishment of all international and unilateral sanctions against Iran in accordance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran’s nuclear program. The Plan was concluded in Vienna on July 14, 2015, with Kazakhstan having played a significant role.