Air Astana said it enjoyed record first-half pre-tax earnings of $33.5 million, a jump of 34% over the year-ago period. Revenue rose 24% to $245 million. Further figures were not provided. The flag carrier of the Republic of Kazakhstan said passenger numbers increased by 14% with an average passenger load factor of 66%. It said these figures were achieved despite operational disruptions caused by a very severe winter across Kazakhstan and closure of European airspace owing to the ...

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