Turkmenistan's flag carrier suspends flights to UAE

Turkmenistan Materials 10 January 2020 16:29 (UTC +04:00)
Turkmenistan's flag carrier suspends flights to UAE

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan, Jan. 10

By Huseyn Hasanov – Trend:

Turkmenistan Airlines has canceled flights to Dubai and Abu Dhabi (UAE) until Jan. 31, 2020, Trend reports with reference to the air carrier.

The decision was made in line with the decision of the European Commission for Aviation Safety to stop using Iranian airspace, and also taking into account that 90 percent of the air route from Ashgabat to these cities goes through Iran's airspace.

In this regard, the company lacks technical ability to carry out these flights, the company said.

Turkmenistan Airlines plans to launch flights to Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) in February 2020. The company will carry out passenger flight using Boeing 777-200 LR. The seaport of Jeddah takes over the main stream of pilgrims traveling for the hajj to Mecca and Medina.

Therefore, Turkmenistan is developing routes that will allow tourists from Europe, Turkey, the CIS, Thailand and Vietnam to fly to the Arabian Peninsula through Ashgabat Airport, which will provide additional convenience for transit travelers.

These flights can be connected with flights to the Turkmen capital from Europe, Russia and Turkey, thus, providing more connecting flight options for transit travelers.