Turkmenbashi airport to host flights to Europe, Asia
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, July 8 / Trend H. Hasanov /
The state-owned Turkmen Airlines will open direct flights to Moscow, Astrakhan, Istanbul and other major European and Asian cities from a new international airport in Turkmenbashi.
"Turkmenistan's favorable geographical location at the intersection of European and Asian routes will play a positive role in developing air transport," the Neutralniy Turkmenistan newspaper reported.
About 125 million euro were spent on building the airport. The complex was built by the Turkish diversified company Polimex. The airport fits up to six aircrafts and 800 passengers per hour. Its aviation and technical base corresponds to International Civil Aviation Organization standards.
The multibillion-dollar Avaza tourist resort is being built along the Turkmen section of the Caspian Sea. Turkmen authorities have promised to simplify the visa regime for foreigners traveling to the area.