Air Marakanda, the operator of Samarkand Airport, announces the launch of a new route from Samarkand – with flydubai, the Emirati government owned low-cost airline.
The twice-weekly service will connect the historic Silk Road city of Samarkand, and the UAE’s largest city, Dubai.
The service will launch on September 20.
The service is the 12th and latest route to be announced from the newly expanded and redesigned Samarkand International Airport, with further, new route announcements scheduled for the following weeks and months.
Gairat Nematov, CEO of Air Marakanda, said: “We are delighted to welcome flydubai to Samarkand, and connect the UAE to the history and heritage of our Silk Road city and region.
“The UAE is an important trade and cultural link for Uzbekistan, and we are proud to play our part in cementing and extending these links.
“Today’s announcement is just the latest in Samarkand Airport’s expansion and redevelopment.
“We expect to announce many more routes very soon, regionally and internationally – to match the demand we are witnessing to visit Uzbekistan’s leading tourist area.”
The Dubai-Samarkand service will operate on Tuesdays and Fridays between Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Samarkand International Airport (SKD), departing DXB at 22:40 to arrive at SKD at 02:50, with the return flight departing at 04:05 and arriving at 06:30.
Emirates will codeshare on the route offering passengers more options for connections.
The exciting news follows an $80 million redevelopment and expansion project for Samarkand international airport between Air Marakanda and state partner Uzbekistan Airports JCS. The new airport will serve the region’s population of 3.9 million and act as a hub for international transit flights.