Nomads of the Steppe
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Almaty International Airport is the largest international airport in Kazakhstan operating flights to more than 55 cities.
The first airport of Almaty was built in 1923, near the central stadium. In 1932, a P-3 make a first landing on the aerodrom of Almaty. The actual airport was founded in 1935 and inaugurate with a regular flight from Moscow with a Polikarpov R-5 on 8th of July 1936.The central building of the old airport, built in 1936 was designed by architects B. Zavarzina and G. Elkina. In November 1977, the supersonic TU144 had its first passenger flight from Moscow to Alma-Ata (Kazakhstan). Up to 1990 it was the part of Kazakh Department of Civil Aviation. On April 26, 1991, the airport was re-organized into Alma-Ata Airport, and since 1993 it runs as an independent business unit.
It is located about 15 km northeast of the center of Almaty.
The airport handled around 5 mio passengers and 50'000 flights annualy, and desserves 40 airlines companies. IATA code ALA.
Astana-Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport is an international airport in Kazakhstan located 16.7 km southeast of the capital Nur-Sultan (former Astana).
Astana's first airfield was built in 1931 on the outskirts of the town and was developed further after World War II. However, a new airport, which became Astana international Airport, was built 11 miles to the south of the city and opened in November 1963. It was largely used by Aeroflot and its local directorate. Following the transfer of the capital from Almaty to Astana in December 1997, the airport underwent a series of major reconstructions which brought it up to international standards, including the current 11,484 ft (3,500m) runway. A new passenger terminal designed by the late Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa was opened in February 2005.
During 2015, traffic increased to 3,366,560 passengers.
There is one terminal which is divided into two sectors – A and B. A is for international flights and B is for domestic.
No need to confuse with the check-in counter sectors (B – for Air Astana flights only, A – for other carriers).
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