Wednesday, March 21, 2012 -
Kyrgyzstan Airways will now fly from the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek to the northern Tajik city of Khujand, the airline said on Friday.
The direct flight is the first of its kind in the region. Connections between Central Asian cities are weak and underdeveloped, and often travellers must fly to Russia, China, or Turkey to make the appropriate connections.
Flights will take off every Saturday, and will be serviced by a Boeing 737-500.
Fares for the trip will be $70 for residents of the Leilik region (bordering Tajikistan) and $47 for senior citizens, the airway says.
The flight also allows Tajik citizens to connect easily to Moscow or Urumqi, in China’s westernmost Xinjiang province.