Turkmenistan increases international freight flows
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Oct. 17
By Huseyn Hasanov - Trend
The volume of cargo transported by all vehicles increased by 10.4 percent in Turkmenistan in January-September 2014, the Turkmen Statistics Committee said.
The growth dynamics in this area is as follows: by vehicles - 4.2 percent , trains - 4.3 percent, airplanes - 27.1 percent and ships - 1.5 percent compared to 2013, according to the report.
Turkmenistan borders with Kazakhstan, Iran, Russia, Uzbekistan, and Afghanistan onshore and with Azerbaijan, Russia, Kazakhstan and Iran offshore. The implementation of the regional transport projects has been recently intensified. The Turkmenbashi seaport is expected to be reconstructed. The highways are being modernized.
Moreover, a ceremony of commissioning a new railway will be held in the near future.
The project has been implemented upon a trilateral agreement among Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Iran since 2007.
This regional project will provide the European and Asian countries with a way to Central Asia and the Persian Gulf. Moreover, the construction of another transport highway - Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan was launched in 2013. China, Kyrgyzstan and Iran may join it.
Besides domestic flights, Turkmenhavayollari (Turkmen airlines) makes regular flights to various cities worldwide such as Moscow, London, Frankfurt, Birmingham, Bangkok, Delhi, Dubai, Minsk, Almaty, Istanbul and Kiev. The flight routes are being constantly expanded. The flights have been recently made to St. Petersburg, Donetsk, Lviv and Paris.