Kazakhstan plans to repair a number of regional airfields and purchase new aircraft, the country's minister for Investments and Development Zhenis Kasymbek said at a meeting of the Kazakh government, Vestnik reports.

"We intend to build and reconstruct 5 aerodromes with a hard surface and 11 airfields with a ground covering for the development of airfields of local air lines. Financing of these projects will be provided at the expense of the state budget. We also need more regional-class aircraft to restore flights of local airlines," the press service of the ministry cited him as saying.

According to him, they plan to purchase new aircraft with a capacity of up to 20 seats with two engines and the possibility of rapid reconfiguration (30-40 minutes) between the sanitary-passenger and transport version. 

"The average cost of one aircraft of this type is 2.2 billion tenge ($6,82 million)," Kasymbek stressed.

The small aviation projects, planned to be implemented in Kazakhstan in the next few years are expected to require $71.30 million (23 billion tenge).