ASTANA, April 30 (Trend AZ) - The Ministry of Transport and Communications of Kazakhstan has developed a plan to transfer the country's civil aviation industry to international standards of quality of air services in airports and airlines, the Ministry said on Friday.
Rules of the organization at airports of the Republic will be amended in order to introduce the international quality standards. The new rules will be clearly demarcated responsibilities of airports and airlines in the provision of services.
15 international airports, four of which will be the main should have the category of ICAO by 2020, in accordance with the Strategic Plan of the civil aviation industry.
In addition, until the middle of 2013 all airports must undergo an independent audit to verify the quality of services provided.
Today, Kazakhstan has 20 airports. One of these airports is in the Republican property (Kyzylorda), three - in communal ownership (Astana, Kokshetau Kostanay), four - in the conduct of social-entrepreneurial corporations (Semipalatinsk, Shymkent, Ust-Kamenogorsk, Taldykorgan), three airports transferred to the Fund of national Wealth, "Samruk Kazina" (Aktobe, Pavlodar and Atyrau), six airports are privately owned (Almaty, Boroldai, Karaganda, Petropavlovsk, Taraz and Uralsk), and three airports are in a fiduciary capacity (Aktau, Balkhash and Zhezkazgan).
Ten airports comply with requirements of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), III category - airports of Astana and Almaty, II category - Airport Atyrau and I category - airports of Pavlodar, Shymkent, Karaganda, Zhezkazgan, Aktobe, Kokshetau and Ust-Kamenogorsk.
More than 20 facilities in 13 airports has been reconstructed and built for over the past ten years. In the current year the reconstruction of Kokshetau airport will be completed. The reconstruction of airports of Taldykorgan, Kostanai, Families, Uralsk, Shymkent and Petropavlovsk is planned for 2012-2014.