Domestic Airlines

Given the vast expanse of Kazakhstan's territory and the considerable distances between cities and regions, air travel plays a crucial role in domestic transportation. With 11 airports in Kazakhstan operating under the open sky regime, foreign carriers have more opportunities to operate flights to and from these airports. These open sky airports include Astana, Almaty, Shymkent, Aktau, Karaganda, Uskemen, Pavlodar, Kokshetau, Taraz, Petropavl, and Semey.

One notable achievement is the increase in Kazakhstan's aviation safety record, reaching 84% in December 2021. This is 15% higher than the global average, based on an audit conducted by the ICAO Coordinated Validation Mission. This improvement in aviation safety is a positive development for the country and its aviation industry. Kazakhstan has several domestic airlines that serve various regions within the country.

Some of the major domestic airlines in Kazakhstan include:

Air Astana: 

Air Astana is the national flag carrier and the largest airline in Kazakhstan. It operates an extensive domestic network, connecting major cities and regions across the country, including Almaty, Nur-Sultan, Shymkent, Aktobe, and more.

SCAT Airlines: 

SCAT Airlines is one of the largest domestic carriers in Kazakhstan. It provides services to numerous cities and towns within the country, making it a popular choice for domestic travel.

Qazaq Air: 

Qazaq Air is a regional airline in Kazakhstan that primarily operates domestic flights, especially to cities and towns in the western regions of the country.

Bek Air: 

Bek Air offers domestic flights to several cities within Kazakhstan, making it convenient for travelers looking to explore various regions.


FlyArystan is a low-cost airline and a subsidiary of Air Astana. It offers affordable domestic flights to multiple destinations in Kazakhstan, allowing budget-conscious travelers to explore the country.

Zhezkazgan Air: 

Zhezkazgan Air primarily serves the city of Zhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan. It offers domestic flights connecting this city to other parts of the country.