Turkmenistan, Luxembourg sign air service agreement
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Aug. 30
By Huseyn Hasanov– Trend:
New air service agreement signed with the government of Luxembourg will promote Turkmenistan's intensive integration into the modern world economic system, the Neutral Turkmenistan newspaper reported Aug. 30.
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, who is on a working visit to Germany (August 29-30), has met with Maxim Strauss, vice president for corporate development of one of Europe's largest all-cargo carriers - Luxembourg-based Cargolux Airlines International S.A..
The parties discussed the possibility of further expansion of partnership on economically mutually beneficial and long-term basis.
“Turkmenistan attaches great importance to the improvement of transport sector, and above all, infrastructure modernization and technical upgrade of the aviation sphere, which plays an important role in passenger and freight transportation – both at domestic and international routes,” Berdimuhamedov said.
At the meeting it was noted that due to its favorable geographical position, Turkmenistan has a significant transit potential and can become an important link for a considerable part of the Eurasian international freight transport flows, and the company is ready to double the number of weekly flights.
Construction of new and reconstruction of the existing airports, terminals, facilities of engineering purposes is underway in Ashgabat and the regions of Turkmenistan, within the National Program of Civil Aviation Development of the country for 2012-2030.
Since 2015, Cargolux regularly delivers loads of different purposes through the Turkmenbashi International Airport - from Luxembourg to Taipei, from Hong Kong to Vienna and Budapest.
In summer 2016, the company has increased the number of transit cargo flights to airports in Turkmenistan.
In total, since July 1, 2016, the carrier has weekly performed 11 flights through airports of Turkmenistan, and in 2017 it plans to ship cargo through the cities of Turkmenbashi and Ashgabat on a daily basis.