Aviation authorities of Kazakhstan are moving forward in minimizing consequences of COVID-19 and restoring the civil aviation industry

Created on 20.11.2020 08:44

According to the Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development, the Aviation Administration of Kazakhstan held a session with representatives of the aviation industry on strategic development aviation issues. The event was attended by the heads of the Civil Aviation Committee of the MIID RK, representatives of Air Astana, SCAT, Prime Aviation, Qazaq Air and "Kazaviaspas" JSC.

In his speech, the Chairman of the Civil Aviation Committee Talgat Lastayev stated that from the functioning of the Aviation Administration the regulator is changing, which lead to a new direction, a new paradigm.

“The aviation regulator presents itself not as a supervisory authority, but as a partner. The Civil Aviation Committee (CAC) jointly with the Aviation Administration of Kazakhstan (AAK) are ready to support industry in solving current issues. Nowadays, we are at the initial stage of developing new aviation regulator, we are forced to make a huge work for strategic development from 3 to 5 years. Approaches are changing, we are moving away from the oldest, from the punishment culture towards the interaction culture. The President of Kazakhstan and the Government support our development in this direction”, said Talgat Lastayev.

AAK strategy is to strengthen the capacity, manage operations, improve the industry and communications with international organizations. Improved industry involves four approaches: checking all existing aviation operators, improving targets through plans, developing a national safety plan, which implies the implementing an impartial policy and prosecuting non-compliant air operators.

Currently, the Kazakhstan aviation industry involves more than 20,000 employees, of which 10,000 employees are working at the airport, about 2,700 employees are flight crews, 750 controllers, 1,430 engineers, 4,500 examiners and other aviation workers. High-quality professional training for aviation community will be an initial requirement for all companies. In the coming year, the aviation industry is prepared for the ICAO audit and a subsequent FAA audit on CAT1 in the second half of 2022.

Peter Griffiths, AAK Director General, emphasized that “the Aviation Administration will continue implementing the British model of civil aviation governance and will provide an appropriate safety oversight, adopting significant measures in the aviation industry. We will develop an universal approach for all airlines, we are ready to support in achieving their goals, tasks and in overcoming limitations".

Aviation authorities intend to conclude a Memorandum with the European Civil Aviation Conference to promote the safety, efficient and sustainable development of civil aviation in Kazakhstan and Europe. Additionally, Kazakhstan Aviation Authorities are moving forward in minimizing consequences of COVID-19 and restoring the civil aviation industry.

During the session, participants also discussed topical issues of current processes and strategic development. All airlines operating to Kazakhstan are obliged to be used unique requirements to ensure flight safety. To date, amendments to the legislation on implementing the requirements is being completed for domestic and foreign airlines operating to the countries of the European Union.

Aviation hub ecosystem based on the AIFC, a joint project of the AAK and the Astana International Financial Center (AIFC), was presented to  airline representatives. The project involves tax incentives for airlines, the ability to operate around the world, lower leasing interest rates, as well as low certification and licensing prices.

In the future, similar sessions will be organized with representatives of airports, air navigation services, small aviation companies and general aviation.