Samarkand International Airport encourages global connectivity with anniversary of first opening
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Posted: 24 March 2023 | International Airport Review | No comments yet
2023 marks one year since Uzbekistan’s Samarkand International Airport first opened its terminal. The airport looks to welcome even more airlines and expand route connections across the globe.
Samarkand International Airport encourages global connectivity with anniversary of first opening.
2023 marks one year since Uzbekistan’s Samarkand International Airport first opened its terminal. In what was also a first at the time, the public-private partnership between Air Marakanda and Uzbekistan Airports now looks ahead to the future to welcome even more airlines and expand route connections across the globe.
Equipped with the latest technology and services for customer comfort and security (including e-Gates and self-check-in services) the airport has been recognised by Skytrax as one of the top 10 airports in Central Asia and has joined the Airports Council International (ACI Europe). Samarkand International Airport has also recently welcomed Kuwait’s Jazeera Airways for the first time, connecting Uzbekistan with Kuwait City and the wider Gulf region, and has now restarted twice weekly flights to Almaty, Kazakhstan, by Kazakhstani carrier FlyArystan. Samarkand will also soon welcome first flights from Russia’s low-cost Pobeda Airline while other international airlines already flying to the airport include Turkish Airlines, Air Dubai, Azerbaijan Airways, and Wizz Air (Hungary).
Looking ahead to 2023, Samarkand International Airport will undertake further development, including aiming to secure international safety and security standard certificates and systems, alongside implementing an automated car parking system. It further aims to increase passenger traffic by almost 65%, working towards its long-term route and passenger development plans that aim to increase its destinations to 30 with annual passenger traffic increasing from 480,000 to two million.
Dmitry Martynenko, Commercial Director of Air Marakanda, operators of Samarkand International Airport, said: “As we celebrate our first anniversary we look back over the past year with pride and forward with ambition and commitment. Ambition to improve every facet of our offering, from customer service to operational efficiency, security to international connectivity; and commitment to the ‘new Uzbekistan‘ as we connect our people to the world and the world to our nation, growing opportunities, creating jobs, and contributing to the national economy.”
Airport construction and design, Airport development, Airport leadership, Regulation and Legislation, Route development, Tourism
Air Dubai, Azerbaijan Airways, FlyArystan, Jazeera Airways, Pobeda Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Wizz Air (Hungary)