Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Nov. 5 / Trend, H. Hasanov /
Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammadov severely reprimanded the head of Turkmenistan Airlines today due to the company's weakening control over subordinate organizations, the Turkmen Altyn Asir national television channel reported.
According to the report, "many violations have been registered in air ticket registration, and health standards are not observed at airports. Services provided to passengers, including meals on aircrafts, do not meet quality requirements."
Berdimuhammadov stressed that in recent years, many citizens have expressed their dissatisfaction with the company
"And these are just a few examples from a large list of shortages," he said.
In January, the head of the company, Batyr Kakalyev was told that he would be fired if the shortages are not corrected quickly.
Since its independence, Turkmenistan has fully reequipped its fleet, replacing Soviet-made aircrafts with the American Aircraft Corporation's Boeing models.
At present, the company's planes make flights to Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus, the UK , Turkey, the UAE, Germany, Thailand, China, India and other countries.
Preliminary intergovernmental agreements have been concluded to establish flights with other countries, particularly with France, South Korea, Georgia and Kyrgyzstan.