Kazakhstan’s Air Astana resumes flights to Azerbaijani capital
Air Astana airlines made the first flight from Nur-Sultan to Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan after the short-term suspension due to the state of emergency in Kazakhstan, News.Az reports citing the Civil Aviation Committee of the Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development of Kazakhstan.
The plane took off from Nur-Sultan at 11:35 (GMT + 6), which is in line with the flight plan.
Earlier, Air Astana had to cancel flights to Baku twice - on January 6 and January 9.
Kazakhstan's government announced late Jan. 4 that it was restoring some price caps on liquefied petroleum gas, after the rare protests reached Almaty following a sharp rise in the price of the fuel at the start of the year.
Many Kazakhs have converted their cars to run on LPG, which is far cheaper than gasoline as a vehicle fuel in Kazakhstan because of price caps. But the government argued that the low price was unsustainable and lifted the caps on Jan. 1.
After the price of the fuel spiked, big demonstrations erupted on Jan. 2 in certain parts of the country. Public protests are illegal in the country unless their organizers file a notice in advance.
Following the development of the situation, the government declared a state of emergency all over the country. Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said the government initiated anti-terrorist operations to deal with the ongoing riots.
Also, the divisions of the united peacekeeping contingent of CSTO (Collective Security Treaty Organization) arrived in Kazakhstan to assist in restoring order and help protect strategic objects of the country.