Jazeera Airways launches new route from the Middle East to Turkistan

A Jazeera Airways Airbus A320neo climbs over Istanbul.
Photo Credit: Karam Sodhi/AviationSource

LONDON – Kuwait-based carrier Jazeera Airways (J9) has recently announced a new route connecting the Middle East with Turkistan, making the second route to Kazakhstan for the carrier.

The new route to the southern part of Kazakhstan is scheduled for twice-weekly services and aims to connect pilgrims and tourists between the Middle East and Kazakhstan for the first time.

The announcement

In an announcement posted by Jazeera on November 22, a new route connecting Kuwait and Turkistan, Kazakhstan, was formally announced.

This new route acts as Jazeera’s second route to the country of Kazakhstan and is launched with the goal of connecting pilgrims and tourists between the two cities.

The route is due to start on December 3, 2022, with the twice-weekly flight service, going on Mondays and Saturdays from Kuwait and the returns departing in the morning hours of the days thereafter.

The new route will also serve the high demand for religious and cultural tourism, and the flights will land at the Hazrat Sultan International Airport (HAS).

The flight schedule is as follows:

Flight NumberFrequencyFromToDeparture (Local Time)Arrival 
(Local Time)
J9 635Monday Kuwait (KWI)Turkistan (HSA)19.3002.00 (+1day)
J9 635SaturdayKuwait (KWI)Turkistan (HSA)19.1501.45 (+1 day)
J9 636Tuesday Turkistan (HSA)Kuwait (KWI)03.0004.10
J9 636SundayTurkistan (HSA)Kuwait (KWI)02.4503.55
Credit: Jazeera


Jazeera Airways Chief Executive Officer, Rohit Ramachandran, said the following in the announcement: “We are very pleased to be continuing our expansion and serving a significant demand from CIS countries for travel to the Middle East, specifically for pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, thanks to our frequent connecting flights to Medinah, Jeddah, and Taif.”

“Turkistan also attracts religious tourism, and these flights will provide customers with convenient connections through our network.”

A great year of expansion

Jazeera Airways continues its expansions this year and has already launched new routes into China along with new routes to India. Back in September of this year, Jazeera announced the new route into the Xi’an province in China, which started on September 19.

Although announced as a direct flight, it contains a technical stop in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (FRU), for refueling before continuing to the destination.

Around the same time, Jazeera also announced a push in their international network by adding new routes to India, with Bengaluru and Thiruvananthapuram being the newest network additions.

Alike the new Turkistan route, the carrier operates the newest India routes as a twice-weekly service, whilst the Xi’an flight operates every fortnight.

Jazeera Airways fleet

Since Jazeera Airways was established in 2004, they have come a long way regarding fleet size and destination chart since the airline commenced operations in late October of 2005.

The airline started operations with a fleet of A320-200ceos and served a number of destinations in the Middle East from its Kuwait (KWI) hub.

In 2019, Jazeera launched their first direct flight to the United Kingdom, operating their brand new fleet of Airbus A320neos, covered in their distinct multi-blue livery, to London’s Gatwick Airport (LGW).

Currently, there are 16 airframes in service with the carrier, these being 8 Airbus A320ceos and 8 CFM-LEAP powered Airbus A320neos, with a further two NEOs awaiting delivery to the Kuwaiti carrier.

On the waitlist is also Jazeera’s Airbus A321neos which they ordered together with even more Airbus A320neos back in February of 2022.

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