Air Astana carried 1.9 million passengers in the 2017 first half, up 12% compared to the year-ago period. The Kazakhstan flag carrier also confirmed it is leasing five Embraer E190-E2 jets from Dublin-based lessor AerCap Holdings. Domestic traffic was up 4% and international traffic grew 22% year-over-year (YOY), driven mainly by network traffic transiting through the carrier’s Astana and Almaty hubs, which grew 62% YOY. Cargo uplift increased 22% in 1H 2017. In February, Air ...

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