Aiming to enhance air connectivity between Uzbekistan and India, the Uzbek national carrier is working on launching a couple of flights to Mumbai from the capital city of Tashkent and Samarkand in the next three to four months.
“We are actively considering the introduction of a flight service connecting Tashkent and Samarkand with Mumbai,” Uzbekistan’s honorary consul here, Vijay Kalantri, told PTI.
He said paper work to get regulatory approvals from India for launching of this flight has already been completed and expressed hope that the service would begin by July.
Earlier this week, the country’s ambassador to India, Salikh R Inagamov, had said “the launching of the new flights from Tashkent and Samarkand to Mumbai is on the agenda.” He was speaking at a function to celebrate the 20th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries.
Uzbekistan Airways has flights to Delhi and Amritsar.
The statements by the Uzbek officials come weeks after the Civil Aviation Ministry decided to open 11 new international sectors under the bilateral air services agreements which included the Delhi-Tashkent route.
The ministry had last month decided to enhance global connectivity allowing the private air operators to take advantage of liberalised bilateral rights up to the full capacity along with Air India and its low-cost arm Air India Express.