Almaty International Airport is the largest international airport in Kazakhstan. In 2016, the airport handled almost 5 million passengers. The airport is a hub for Air Astana, Bek Air, SCAT Airlines and Qazaq Air.
The airport was built in 1935, for all small civil/military flying ships. Up to 1990 it was the part of Kazakh Department of Civil Aviation, and then reorganized into “Alma-Ata Airport” in 1991. Since 1993 it has run as an independent business unit. In 1994, it was reorganized into OJSC “Almaty Airport” and later renamed to JSC Almaty International Airport.