Tuesday, 16 May 2017

UZBEKISTAN: Uzbekistan Airways Resumed Flights To Pakistan

The first Uzbekistan flight landed in Lahore as per the schedule according to which the Uzbek flagship carrier will operate two flights a week – Wednesday and Friday – from Tashkent to Lahore.

Uzbekistan Airways resumed its flight operation from Tashkent to Lahore on Wednesday following a four-year pause.

Uzbekistan Airways suspended its flight operation for Pakistan in 2013 after it lacked a required number of passengers. Later, Tashkent-to-Lahore flight operation was rescheduled and had to resume in July 2016.

Even some air tickets had been sold out for the Lahore-Tashkent flight scheduled on July 20 last year, but yet its resumption was cancelled for an indefinite period.

Now after a four-year gap, the Lahore-Tashkent flight operation has successfully resumed.

Earlier this year, the General Manager of Uzbekistan Airways Hamid met the top officials of Uzbekistan Airways in Tashkent. Later he confirmed to media about the resumption of the Lahore-Tashkent flight operation in April 2017.

The Uzbekistan’s Ambassador to Pakistan, Furkat Sidikov, described the resumption of Lahore-Tashkent flight operation a great achievement.

The Uzbek ambassador said that the flight operation will take the already-enhanced relationship between Pakistan and Uzbekistan to the next level. He said that the flight operation will also improve the people-to-people contact, and eventually it will help cultural exchanges between the two countries.

Uzbekistan Airways will launch two flights a week from Lahore to Tashkent.

This was confirmed by General Manager of Uzbekistan Airways Hamid Mahmood here on Friday by reaching Islamabad after his successful meetings with top administration of Uzbekistan Airways in Tashkent.

Hamid Mahmood said that flights would operate on every Wednesday and Friday..

It may be mentioned that Uzbekistan Airways in in 2013 suspended flight operations from Pakistan due to less load issue but now a plan has been chalked out to keep smooth operation intact in future.

Uzbek Embassy in Islamabad had been working to resume flights since new Ambassador Furqat SIDIQOV took over charge since year 2015 as he believes that enhancing bilateral relations between Uzbekistan and Pakistan needs people to people contact and travelling to and from Pakistan to Uzbekistan became expensive after suspension flights between the two countries.

General Manager of Uzbekistan Airways Hamid Mahmood said that his meeting with Tuldashev Dilshod Commercial Director Uzbekistan Airways was successful and decision came out of meeting or resumption of flights from the first week of new schedule of Uzbekistan Airways.

It may be mentioned that Uzbekistan Airways changes flight schedule on April 1 of every year for switching to its Winter Schedule.

Hamid Mahmood further said that Uzbekistan Airways has planned to enhance tourism activities between the both countries and his meeting with Mukhamedjanov the Chief of Tourism Division ended with an understanding that both the countries would enhance tourism visa quota so tourism between the two friendly countries could be increased in year 2017.