First Flight Linking Kazakhstan and Spain Lands in Barcelona

June 23. Latin American Herald Tribune. MADRID

First Flight Linking Kazakhstan and Spain Lands in BarcelonaThe first flight linking Kazakhstan and Spain landed over the weekend at Barcelona’s El Prat airport from Almaty, the former capital of Kazakhstan.

The Astana airlines Boeing 757-200 made the trip in eight hours and among its passengers were 50 Kazakhstani journalists who will be spending a week in Spain to report on the country’s tourism industry, Kazakhstani Embassy officials in Madrid told Efe.

In addition to Barcelona, the journalists are scheduled to visit the Costa Brava, Girona, Zaragoza, Valencia, Toledo and Madrid, where they will be received by Kazakhstani Ambassador to Spain Bakyt Dyussenbayev.

The airline plans to substitute a larger Boeing 767-300ER for the Boeing 757-200 during the summer months to meet growing demand from Kazakhstani tourists for flights to Spain.

Flights will be scheduled every 10 days.

The former Soviet republic is to host Expo 2017 and is currently promoting itself as a tourist destination.

Some 5 million people, according to figures provided by the Kazakhstani government, are expected to visit the country during the Expo.