Turkmenistan Airlines now serves Latvia and Malaysia

Early on Friday 13 February, Turkmenistan Airlines’ inaugural flight arrived in Riga. Flight and cabin crew were welcomed with flowers, while there was also a celebratory cake to mark the start of the airline’s weekly 737-800 flights. Preparing to cut the cake are: Latvian Ambassador in Turkmenistan, Mr Igors Apokins; Chairman of the Board of Riga International Airport, Mr Andris Liepins; State Secretary of Ministry of Transport, Mr Uldis Reimanis; Deputy Minister of Transport Ministry, Mr Oraz Xurtyev; Chief of Marketing and International Economic Relations division of Ministry of Aviation, Mr Kerim Gayyrov; and Auditor of Ministry of Aviation, Mr Murad Shukurov.

  • Turkmenistan Airlines has added two more non-stop destinations from its Ashgabat (ASB) base. On Thursday 12 February, the airline began weekly flights on the 5,887-kilometre route to Kuala Lumpur (KUL) using its 777s. No other carrier operates this route, which is now the airline’s longest, beating Beijing by over 900 kilometres. On Friday 13 February, a weekly flight to Riga (RIX) was added. The 3,281-kilometre route to Latvia will be operated by the airline’s 737-800s. Again, there is no competition on the route. In total, Turkmenistan Airlines now operates non-stop to 17 destinations from Ashgabat. “The new route enables the airports of Riga and Ashgabat to access new passenger transport markets, which is an essential condition for the passenger growth. This is also a new offer for transit passengers who will save time and money continuing their trip further – to Asian countries and China. On the other hand, the passengers coming to Riga will have access to the vast route network across Western Europe and Scandinavia,” said Andris Liepiņš, chairman of the board of SJSC Riga International Airport.

 


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