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New Route of the Day (30 May 2024): Qanot Sharq between Tashkent and Prague


Uzbekistan’s Qanot Sharq inaugurated flights between the country’s capital Tashkent and Prague on Thursday 30 May. The 4,300-kilometre service will be maintained weekly with the 202-seat A321neo aircraft. It faces no competition between the two cities.

Flight HH405 departs Tashkent at 10:30 local time, arriving in Prague at 14:30 local time. The return service, operating as flight HH406, takes off from the Czech capital at 16:00 local time, arriving back in Uzbekistan at 01:00 local time the following morning.

What they said

Jaroslav Filip, Prague Airport Aviation Business Director, said: “Direct flights to Tashkent have been our long-term goal. This route’s launch is the result of more than a year-long negotiation with Qanot Sharq Airlines. In 2019, before the Covid-19 pandemic, almost 70,000 tourists from central Asian countries visited the Czech Republic. We expect more than 15,000 passengers to use this new route in its first year of operation. The new flights will also help facilitate the development of air cargo operations.”

Moses Pak, General Director of Qanot Sharq, added: “The launch of the Tashkent – Prague route was the first on the list of European cities for the airline. We are proud of the continuation of good traditions established during the Great Silk Road. We hope the new route will become a starting point for a deeper mutual understanding of the cultures of both countries, strengthening friendship and the implementation of long-term business projects.”

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Flights between Tashkent and Prague were last served by Czech Airlines in October 2014. The new route is the second to central Asia to launch from Prague in May, following the introduction of 2-weekly rotations between to Astana in Kazakhstan by SCAT Airlines.

Qanot Sharq was founded in 1998, operating primarily cargo flights. In 2021, Uzbekistan abolished the monopoly in passenger air transport, enabling Qanot Sharq to commence passenger services.

The airline currently operates a fleet of six aircraft including two A320s, two A321neos and two A330-200s. It maintains operations primarily within Asia. Prague is its first destination in Europe, with Budapest and Istanbul IST to follow in June.

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