The presidents of Iran and Kazakhstan have agreed to launch direct Tehran-Almaty flights as part of a wider warming of transport and business relations between the two nations, AKI News Agency reported on December 22.
This latest deal linking the former Soviet state and the Islamic Republic comes at a time when both countries are looking for ways to boost their tourism potential as well as prepare for a future pan-Asian trade boom.
The deal signed between Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, and President Hassan Rouhani follows the launch of a previous route between the two countries earlier in the year. The Tehran-Almaty flight was initiated in the summer and currently has an occupancy rate of 65%.
Other deals taking place during the Iranian president’s visit was also the imminent relaxation of visa requirements on businesspeople visiting each country.
The second direct Tehran-Kazakhstan flight opens up the market for Iranian and Kazakh businesses and tourists alike; it also creates a new trade route for Iranian products in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) country.