Flydubai, Air Arabia cancel Almaty flights


Flydubai and Air Arabia have cancelled flights to Kazakhstan's largest city, Almaty, as the Central Asian country faces its worst unrest in over a decade.

Their websites show the departures from Dubai and Sharjah are not operating.

In a statement, flydubai said "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" there.

Meanwhile, "flights to Nur-Sultan are operating and updates will be available on".

The budget airline said they will "continue to monitor the situation and assess their flying schedule".

Almaty airport was reportedly over-run by anti-government protesters on Wednesday evening, before it was later retaken by government security forces.

Kazakhstan’s government has declared a nationwide state of emergency in response to the violent protests.

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