Air Astana and Turkish Airlines have signed a letter of intent for a wide-ranging cooperation, including a codeshare agreement on routes between Kazakhstan and Turkey. From May, the two carriers will codeshare on flights between Istanbul Ataturk-Almaty and Ataturk-Astana. The deal will also include a special prorate agreement to destinations beyond their respective hubs in Almaty, Astana and Istanbul.

“We believe this partnership with Air Astana will bring benefit for both sides, not only in commercial aspects in rapidly growing Kazakhstan, but also in technical and training areas,” Turkish president and CEO Temel Kotil said in a statement.