Tajik private airline launches air route to Afghanistan

03/05/2016 11:06
Asia-Plus
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DUSHANBE, May 3, 2016, Asia-Plus -- Tajik private airline, Somon Air, has launched air route to Afghanistan.

It now operates a once-weekly service from Dushanbe to the Afghan capital, Kabul.  The flight is operated on Fridays.  The first flight from Dushanbe to Kabul was operated on April 29.

The Tajik and Afghan sides are currently discussing the issue of increasing the number of the flights between Dushanbe and Kabul.

Besides, Somon Air plans to launch a twice-weekly service from Dushanbe to Lahore (Pakistan) on Mondays and Fridays.  The first flight on this route is expected to be operated on May 6.

Somon Air also plans to operate flight routes from Dushanbe to the Iranian capital, Tehran, this year.

Somon Air is the first private airline in Tajikistan with an office headquartered in Dushanbe.  The airline operations are based at Dushanbe International Airport.  The airline started operating on February 5, 2008 with regular flights to Moscow and Dubai.

Somon Air also serves as the official carrier of President of the Republic of Tajikistan and other Tajikistan high-ranking officials.

Since formation, Somon Air has been primarily focused on passenger service and transportation to Eastern Europe and other locations.  Most flights to international destinations operate from Dushanbe.

The airline uses the Boeing 737 in its fleet.  Somon Air now operates 2 Boeing 737-300s, 2 Boeing 737-800s and 2 Boeing 737-900ERs.

Somon Air now operates to the following destinations: Afghanistan (Kabul); China (Urumqi); Germany (Frankfurt am Main); Kazakhstan (Almaty); Russia (Irkutsk, Khanty-Mansisysk, Kazan, Krasnodar, Krasnoyarsk, Moscow, Orenburg, St. Petersburg, Simferopol, Sochi, Nizhnevartovsk, Novosibirsk, Tuymen and Yekaterinburg); Saudi Arabia (Jeddah); Tajikistan (Khujand); Turkey (Istanbul); and the United Arab Emirates (Dubai).

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