Dubai-based airline Flydubia on Thursday said it has suspended its flights to and from Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city until at least Saturday as anti-government protests continue across the country.
“Flydubai flights FZ 737/8 and FZ 1721/2 between Dubai and Almaty have been cancelled until January 8 due to the situation on the ground in Almaty” the airline said in a statement.
However, it said flights to Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan’s capital will continue to operate as scheduled.
“Updates will be available on flydubia.com. We continue to monitor the situation and assess our flying schedule,” the statement added.
This is as Kuwaiti Jazeera Airways also announced flights suspension to Kazakhstan due to civil unrest in Almaty.
The airline in a statement on Wednesday said that the airline no longer ensures the safety of its operation in Almaty as deadly violence sweeps across the country.
Kazakhstan security forces said they have killed dozens of anti-government rioters in Almaty after the demonstrators tried to take control of police stations in the city.
Local media outlets reported that twelve members of the security forces have been killed and 353 injured in the unrest, sparked by a doubling in the cost of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).
Hundreds of people took to streets on Sunday to protest price hike in LPG, which many people use to fuel their cars, but the unrest has since spread to include political grievances.
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