Air Astana has posted a net profit of $11.89 million for the first-half of 2013, an increase of 143% over the same period last year.
The Kazakh flag-carrier's revenue for the period was $443 million on the back of further expansion. The airline lifted passenger numbers 11% to 1.7 million after increasing capacity 13%.
The airline's president Peter Foster says this improvement in results was driven by "modest fuel savings and strong growth on routes to Istanbul, helped by the new codeshare with Turkish Airlines, and on the new routes to Kiev."
Air Astana recently added services from Kazakhstan's former capital Almaty to Ho Chi Minh City via Bangkok, Kiev and Kostanay, and the capital Astana to Kiev, Orenburg and Bishkek and Atyrau to Moscow.