Korean Air is to fly regular passenger flights between Seoul (Incheon International Airport) and Tashkent, the capital city of Uzbekistan.The flights will use the latest Boeing 777-200 aircraft, and operate three times a week on Thursdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Uzbekistan is located in the middle of Central Asia, making it a great gateway for traffic to and through the region. The country is becoming an important business destination for its abundant underground resources, and Tashkent is one of the greatest industrial cities in Central Asia. Uzbekistan is home to relics of the Timurid Empire which dominated the region during the 15th ~ 17th centuries, and hosts various historic tourist sites of the ancient silk road, some of which are registered as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Tashkent Airport will serve as a gateway for leisure and business travelers to Central Asia. With this new flight, Korean Air has composed a ‘silk road in the sky’ connecting China (Xian, Urumqi, Kunming) to the Middle East and Europe (Dubai, Cairo, Istanbul) through India and Central Asia (Tashkent, Mumbai, New Delhi). Korean Air expects this new ‘silk road’ to act as a strong growth engine for the future.
Korean Air is strengthening its ties with Uzbekistan through various means. The airline is cooperating with the Uzbek government for a project to develop Navoi International Airport into a logistics hub of Central Asia. Navoi is the capital of Navoi Province in the southwestern part of Uzbekistan. From August 27, a Korean Air cargo flight will stop at Navoi Airport on its way from Incheon to Milano. Korean Air also plans to enhance partnership relations with Uzbekistan Airways (HY), such as ground handling and code-share arrangements.