The Punjabi’s Preferred Airline – Turkmenistan Airlines Is Back

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Can you hear that? Listen carefully? Its the sound of regular flyers to Punjab rejoicing in the streets as their favourite (and by coincidence the cheapest) airline has announced that it will be restarting some of its flights to the European union.

Turkmenistan Airlines has announced the restart of some of its flights according to the published schedule, Turkmenistan Airlines will restart flights from its hub in Ashgabat to Frankfurt, Germany and Birmingham, England on June 1st. A restart of London and Paris, two destinations which Turkmenistan served before the ban, has not yet been announced.

The flag-carrier of Turkmenistan had been banned from EU airspace since early February 2019 over “pending confirmation that [Turkmenisten Airlines] meets international air safety standards”.

According to the published schedule, Turkmenistan Airlines will restart flights from its hub in Ashgabat to Frankfurt, Germany and Birmingham, England on June 1st. A restart of London and Paris, two destinations which Turkmenistan served before the ban, has not yet been announced.

Prior to the restrictions, Turkmenistan Airlines’ route to Frankfurt was served once a week and Birmingham twice a week. One-time charter flights by Spanish carrier Wamos Air were operated on February 10th and 12th between Ashgabat and Birmingham, in order to pick up travellers left stranded by the ban. The route to Paris Charles de Gaulle has not been operated since November last year.

We have contacted the  European Union’s Aviation Safety Agency to confirm the new schedule published by Turkmenistan Airlines which would mean it has lifted its restrictions against the airline. The Agency has yet to respond.

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