Turkmenistan airline expands geography of international flights

ASHGABAT (TCA) — This year, Turkmenistan’s national airlines company plans to expand the geography of regular international flights, the state-run Newspaper Golden Age reports.

Turkmenistan Airline will increase the number of Ashgabat–Kazan (Russia) flights and will open new flights to Southeast Asia and Arabian Peninsula.

An additional Boeing 737-800 flight to Kazan, the capital of Russia’s Tatarstan region, will be operational from July 3 to September 11.

The Turkmen Airlines Agency is negotiating the opening of direct flights with the states of the Asian Pacific region. The first Ashgabat–Tokyo–Ashgabat flight has already been opened. State Tourism Company Ashgabatsyyahat together with the Turkmen Airlines Agency developed an exclusive tour for tourists from Japan, on June 26–30.

Further development of air connection with the countries of the Asian Pacific region, Southeast Asia and Arabian Peninsula is related to the use of latest aircraft – long distance super modern Boeing 777-200LR. This aircraft will make flights to Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam) and to Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia.

Turkmen aviation authorities plan to use the favorable geographic location of the capital of Turkmenistan for organization of transit of tourists who go to religious sanctuaries of Southeast Asia and back. Turkmen airlines will take passengers from Ashgabat to Jeddah, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, whose seaport takes the main flow of the pilgrims who go for haj to Mecca and Medina.

At the present time, work is underway to launch flights that will allow tourists from Europe, Turkey, CIS countries, Thailand and Vietnam to make flights to Arabian Peninsula via Ashgabat International Airport. These flights can be connected with the flights to the Turkmen capital from Germany, France, England, Russia and Turkey, which will provide comfortable transit for air travelers. New flights will be opened this November.

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