NEWS AND EVENTS
December 20, 2004
UZBEKISTAN AIRWAYS TO OPEN NEW INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS IN 2005
Uzbekiston Havo Yollari (Uzbekistan Airways), national air company of Uzbekistan, is planning to launch new international flights, including routes to the Commonwealth of Independence States, the head of company said.
Valeriy Tyan, director-general of Uzbekistan Airways, said: ?Along with existing route to Shanghai, where our representative is working on settling flight procedures, the airline is planning to launch regular flights to Tehran and Astana.?
?But our main task in the future is to optimize flights, which are operating now. This touches both economic component and increasing reliability and regularity of flights, as well as improvement of service and sale of our products,? he said.
Tyan said the company had carried out six successful charter flights from Uzbekistan to Japan. Uzbekistan Airways is planning to continue cooperating with Uzbek tour operators to organize direct flights from tourism centers of the country, he said.
?Currently, we are holding negotiations with airline authorities of France to organize direct flights from Paris to Samarkand and Bukhara in the coming tourist season. We count to return investments to provincial airports in historic cities of Uzbekistan this way,? Tyan noted.
Commercial department of Uzbekistan Airways told UzReport.com similar optimizations also touched internal flights. The number of flights within Uzbekistan has decreased from 130 in 2003 to 110 in 2004, while the occupancy of seats increased from 62% in 2003 to 72% in 2004. The highest loading in December was recorded on flights to Bukhara, Urgench and Nukus.
The occupancy of seats will reach 100% on Bangkok
flights during the New Year and the following holidays. Almost similar figures will be on flights to the Russian Federation.