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Air Astana Flights To Maldives Cancelled As Protestors Take Control Of Almaty Airport

A large group of protestors took control over Kazakhstan's Almaty International Airport disrupting its operations on Wednesday during the unrest over rising fuel prices.


Protestors seized the airport and even got inside commercial airplanes including those belonging to foreign airlines.

Following the appeal from the Khazakatan president, the Russian military Alliance Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) has since taken over full control of the airport yesterday.


According to Kazakh officials, more than 1,000 people have been wounded in the unrest, with nearly 400 admitted to hospital and more than 60 in intensive care.


Kazakhstan flag carrier Air Astana operates weekly flights to Velana International Airport from Almaty.


The carrier last operated a flight to VIA on Tuesday, 4th January while the following three flights for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday were canceled. It is unclear when the flights will be resumed.


Maldives enjoyed a large number of tourist arrivals from Kazakhstan with the arrival rate from the country growing by 280% last year in comparison to 2019 which is the highest of any country.


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