MIDDLE East airlines, flydubai and Air Arabia, on Thursday (1/06) canceled flights bound for Almaty, Kazakhstan, as the Central Asian country faces the worst unrest in a decade.
The websites of the two airlines show flights on the Dubai-Almaty route operated by flydubai and Sharjah-Almaty operated by Air Arabia were cancelled. According to the website, a flydubai return flight from Dubai to the capital Nursultan will operate on Thursday. There has been no comment from the two Emirates airlines.
Almaty Airport was reportedly occupied by anti-government mobs on Wednesday (1/05), forcing flight cancellations. The airport was later taken over by government security forces.
Meanwhile, Kuwait’s low-cost carrier, Jazeera Airways, on Wednesday suspended flights to Almaty. The Kazakh government declared a national emergency in response to violent protests against the government. [sources/photo special]