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New Route of the Day (6 March 2024): Turkmenistan Airlines between Ashgabat and Milan MXP

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Turkmenistan Airlines inaugurated flights between Ashgabat and Milan MXP on Wednesday 6 March. The 4,140-kilometre service will be maintained weekly. It is initially scheduled to be operated by a 737-800 aircraft but is expected to be upgraded to the carrier’s 275-seat 777-200LR jet. It faces no competition on the route.

Flight T5445 departs Ashgabat at 15:20 local time, arriving at Milan MXP at 17:20 local time. The return service, operating as flight T5446, takes off from Italy’s second largest city at 18:50 local time, touching back down in the Turkmen capital at 04:35 local time the following morning.

What they said

Kerim Baymyradov, Ground Handling and Cargo Manager at Turkmenistan Airlines, said: “Milan is our third European destination after London Heathrow and Frankfurt and the first we have opened in Europe after the pandemic. A milestone, which takes us to one of the most dynamic destinations in Europe and a choice that reflects the travel demand and the desire to contribute to strengthening the bond between the two countries, after we initially launched cargo flights between the two cities last summer using A330 aircraft.”

Daniyar Jorayev , Head of Economic Relations at Turkmenistan Airlines, added: “Turkmenistan Airlines maintains a network of 20 destinations in 11 Asian and European countries and in the fleet we have two 777-200s and 2 777-300s, the last of which was purchased last year and are used on the routes to Ho Chi Minh, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok while the -200s are used on the two routes to London and Frankfurt. In the future, once the traffic consolidates, we aim to also operate Milan with the 777s, combining the cargo service with the passenger one. At the moment, we mainly want to encourage the use of our Ashgabat hub which, thanks to its strategic position, represents an ideal hub to reach destinations such as Bangkok, Beijing, Delhi, as well as Thailand and Malaysia.”

Milan MXP boosts Asian connectivity

Milan MXP is now only the sixth airport in Europe to boast nonstop connectivity to Turkmenistan’s capital alongside Frankfurt, Istanbul IST, London LHR, Moscow DME and Moscow SVO.

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Located in Central Asia, Turkmenistan is one of the most isolated countries in the world. Tourists may only travel to Turkmenistan as part of a guided tour. About 10,000 to 20,000 people visit the country annually.

This summer, Milan MXP will boast flights to 33 destinations in 24 countries in Asia, Services will be operated by 28 different airlines with capacity on Asian routes to grow 18% year-on-year. As a result, the Italian city will be the fourth in western Europe in terms of the number of airlines and served destinations in Asia.

Milan MXP will have the most available capacity in Asia to Beijing PEK, followed by Shanghai PVG, Singapore, Delhi, and Taipei.

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