Turkmenistan Airlines backtracks on resuming flights to London

Dec 11, 2019

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Turkmenistan Airlines has decided not to resume flights to the U.K., following the end of a grounding period by a European air regulator earlier this year regarding safety concerns.

The government-run airline had recently filed planned to commence a once-weekly Tuesday operation from its hub in Ashgabat (ASB) to London Luton (LTN) using a Boeing 737-800 aircraft from 3 December 2019. However, on 9 December the airline removed the flight from its schedule, as reported by Routes Online.

Turkmenistan had operated flights to both London Heathrow (LHR) and Birmingham (BHX) before the February 2019 grounding, offering a popular and affordable connection between the U.K. and Amritsar (ATQ) and New Delhi (DEL) in India, as well as Bangkok (BKK) and Beijing (PEK). Its Mainland Europe destinations prior to the grounding included Frankfurt (FRA) and Paris (CDG). The European Union lifted the ban on the airline to operate flights to Europe in October this year according to Reuters, and the airline has already resumed services to Frankfurt earlier this month.

The airline has announced resumption of a once weekly service to Birmingham (BHX) from 13 December 2019, though given the abrupt London Luton news, it remains to be seen  if this route will actually resume.

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