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Kazakhstan: Pegasus Wings its Way into Almaty

5 Mar

Turkish budget airline Pegasus has started up a twice-weekly Istanbul- Almaty flight, which provides some welcome competition for Air Astana and Turkish Airlines. With prices starting at $200 for a one-way ticket, this twice-weekly service seriously undercuts its main rivals.

A return on Air Astana is from around $550, while a return on Turkish is from around $500, offering a substantial saving. Pegasus offers flights from Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen airport on the Asian side on Monday and Thursday, with the return from Almaty leaving on Tuesday and Friday.

Pegasus is a no-frills airline so you don’t get food included for this price. Hot meals or sandwiches can be ordered on board if you can’t wait for Istanbul’s culinary delights or want something reasonably edible before hitting Almaty.

Flying to Istanbul opens up a number of options for those travelling on a budget – Pegasus has cheap flights to many destinations in Turkey and beyond. It flies to 30 destinations worldwide including Beirut, London, Berlin, Paris and Rome.