At the end of October this year, on the runway of the Almaty International Airport , the current repair, as well as the construction of taxiways and the installation of new unique lighting equipment, was completed. On November 13, the Chief State Inspector of the Civil Aviation Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Amantay Kokatayev, presented the certificate of validity of the airfield to the President of Almaty International Airport Bolat Yerzhanov confirming the enhanced category III ICAO. In the CIS, Almaty International Airport with this category is the only one. This category allows aircraft to take off and land in bad weather conditions (fogs) with visibility reduced to 75 meters.

Completion of work within the framework of the specified technical modernization of the Almaty International Airport will also allow:

- reduce financial losses (airlines, airport) due to forced landings of aircraft at alternate aerodromes,

- reduce energy consumption - up to 62%,

- reduce CO2 emissions of carbon dioxide - up to 1,305.72 tons.

Also, as part of the work on energy saving, the airport continues to work on the modernization of the interior lighting system of the building and terminals and the outer adjacent territory, which primarily increases the conditions for a comfortable stay of passengers and energy savings for the airport.

Bolat Yerzhanov, President of the Almaty International Airport:

“This is a significant event for our company and for Almaty. We are directing a lot of efforts not only to improve the quality of service at the airport and ensure the safety of flights, but we also try to take care of the ecology of our city. Completion of this project, in fact, made our airport the first "green" airport in Kazakhstan. And there are still a lot of plans in this direction. ”


The airport’s initiative to modernize taxiways’ lighting equipment, which not only increases airport capacity, but also contributes to improving the environment of the southern capital, as well as enhancing flight safety, was approved and supported under the UNDP-GEF Project and the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Sustainable Cities for Low-Carbon Development with the participation of the Ministry of Investment and Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

This Project implies a model of organizational and financial support for business initiatives aimed at reducing greenhouse gas (CO2) emissions into the atmosphere, launched at the end of 2017.

Vitaly Vremish, Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP in Kazakhstan:

“The investment mechanism from UNDP contributes to the achievement of three results in sustainable development - environmental, economic and social, which is a good indicator for building sustainable cities and settlements. For example, this project will contribute to improving energy efficiency, reducing financial costs and ensuring flights. ”

Financial support for relevant projects is carried out through the provision of a subsidy to reduce the bank rate by 10%, that is, preferential credit conditions. The source of funding for the subsidies was the UNDP-GEF Project and the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan “Sustainable Cities for Low-Carbon Development” through a financial partner - DAMU Entrepreneurship Development Fund.

“This event is another important step that contributes to the fulfillment of the tasks that are set before us by the Head of State and Government in the framework of the 59th step of the Plan of Nations “100 concrete steps ”and the Convention on the transition of Kazakhstan to a green economy. We are sincerely glad that the use of this mechanism allows us to provide support in the form of subsidies and guarantees of the Fund for the development of business projects aimed at a more rational energy consumption in such important and socially important sectors as heat and water supply, the sectors of public and residential buildings, urban lighting and others, ” - said the Deputy Chairman of the Board, Daulet Abilakirov.


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