Kuwait’s Jazeera Airways Suspends Flights to Kazakhstan Due to Ongoing Protests

Kuwaiti Jazeera Airways said it has suspended all flights to Kazakhstan as anti-government protest continues to rattle the largest city, Almaty.

The airline in a brief statement on Wednesday said the decision was made due to civil unrest in Kazakhstan as the airline no longer ensures the safety of its operation in Almaty.

The airline said that it is monitoring the ongoing situation in Kazakhstan, and will inform about resumption of its flights when situation is stabilized there.

Meanwhile, Qatar Airways, who operate regular flights to Kazakhstan, said they will continue flights to Almaty, but said they were monitoring events in the country.

Flydubia, another airline, also said they will monitor situations in Kazakhstan.

Thousands of anti-government protestors on Wednesday stormed the government buildings, TV stations, the airport and numerous businesses in Almaty with the government promising to regain control on protests sparked by fuel price hike.

“As the head of state … I plan to act as thoroughly as possible,” said Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev in a televised address on Wednesday afternoon, saying the unrest had led to deaths and injuries among law enforcement officers.

“This is a question of the safety of our country. I am certain that the people will support me.” He said he had no plans to flee.

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