Ireland's Aviation Regulator has agreed a deal with the Kazakh government to provide aviation regulatory services to central Asia's biggest country.

Diarmuid Ó Conghaile said today's agreement marks the start of important relationship for Ireland and Kazakhstan.

He said the ICAO agreement provides for aircraft operated in one country to be registered on the register of another country, subject to a formal international agreement between the two States and lodged with ICAO, the UN body responsible for global aviation standards.

"We have now taken this step with Kazakhstan, and a number of aircraft operated by the Kazakh national carrier, Air Astana, will be transferred to the Irish register over the course of the summer and the remainder of this year," Mr Ó Conghaile said.

The Irish Aviation Authority will review the aircraft and provide Certificates of Airworthiness, while other aspects of regulatory oversight will be delegated to the Kazakh Civil Aviation Authority, he added.

The Irish Aviation Authority will also provide technical support to the Kazakh CAA.

"Our ambition for the new IAA is to build on our position as a leading global aviation regulator. We have the expertise and experience to offer advisory and training services internationally," the Aviation Regulator said.

"The historic strength and capacity for innovation in the Irish aviation sector gives us a unique starting position, and Brexit has augmented the opportunity," he added.