Star Alliance members Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines are currently selling cheap flights to Nur-Sultan (formerly Astana) and Almaty in Kazakhstan. Sadly, since Lufthansa has recently updated its baggage policy, only Turkish Airlines will grant you one free piece of luggage (30kg). Lufthansa charges an additional €120 for a 23kg suitcase for the roundtrip. The availability is especially high from March 2021 onward.
We were able to find cheap flights to Almaty for these prices:
- Amsterdam: €296
- Paris: €302
- Vilnius: €307 (Turkish)
- Brussels: €334 (Turkish)
- Riga: €338 (Turkish)
- Warsaw: €340 (~PLN 1,521) (Turkish)
- Prague: €354 (~CZK 9,255) (Turkish)
- Oslo: NOK 3,869 (~€366)
- Stockholm: SEK 3,805 (~€375)
- Tallinn: €390
- Lisbon: €398
We also found cheap flights to Nur-Sultan from the following cities:
- Paris: €304
- Amsterdam: €306
- Prague: €313 (~CZK 8,183) (Turkish)
- Oslo: NOK 4,269 (~€404)
- Warsaw: €342 (~PLN 1,530) (Turkish)
- and possibly more…
Turkish Airlines flights are via Istanbul, Lufthansa flights are via Frankfurt. Usually, the flight times are quite similar. The service is similar too. As stated in the introduction, the biggest difference lies in the luggage policy. You can’t always choose between both airlines, as their offers differ for each city. These are the possible flights for Turkish Airlines:
And this is what Lufthansa has to offer:
On some dates, both Airlines may be available from a certain city. All of Turkish Airlines flights are operated with a Boeing 737. Lufthansa uses an Airbus A330 for its flights to Kazakhstan.
We expect further shakeups in the airline industry over the following months. Some services might be cancelled, aircraft changed or downgraded. The schedule we describe may very well change.
Search & Book
This deal should remain valid until November 30, 2020. You can fly throughout 2021 as long as you respect a minimum stay requirement of 6 days (or a Sunday). Google Flights will show you the exact and updated dates. You should then book directly at the airline (turkishairlines.com and lufthansa.com).
Please be aware that Nur-sultan is subject to extreme weather conditions during winter months. The average daily temperature from November through February is negative ten degrees!
Most EU citizens won’t need a visa to enter Kazakhstan, given their trip does not exceed thirty days. Please inform yourself if this regulation applies to you.
Worldwide travel restrictions are in place to slow the spread of Covid-19. We strongly recommend gathering detailed information about the travel and quarantine restrictions that apply to your desired origin and destination.
A good start is the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website. It provides current updates on a country’s current immigration policies. Even better, the Covid-19 Travel Regulations Map is one of the most useful tools you can find.
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