Tajik national air carrier, Tajik Air, has probably suspended sale of tickets for the Dushanbe-Samarqand flight because of updating the flight schedule, according to the Tajik Air press center.

“The tickets for this route will be available soon,” said an official source at Tajik Air.  He, however, refrained from giving the exact date when the Dushanbe-Samarqand flight will resume.   

Meanwhile, representative of one of air ticket selling agencies, who identified himself as Bakhtiyor, said that Tajik Air had suspended sale of tickets for the Dushanbe-Samarqand flight becase of low passenger numbers.  “Tajik Air has probably suspended this flight because of low passenger numbers,” he noted.  

Recall, the first flight on this air route was operated on July 28.  Boeing 737-300 has been used to operate this flight.  The next Dushanbe-Samarqand flight was operated on August 4.

According to the Tajik Air press center, a ticket for the flight from Dushanbe to the Uzbek city of Samarqand, previously 650 somoni, now costs 350 somoni. 

It is to be noted that commercial flights have resumed between Dushanbe and the Uzbek city of Bukhara this month amid improving relations between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.  

A plane from the Tajik privately-owned airline Somon Air arrived in Bukhara’s international airport on August 6, the first commercial flight between the two cities in more than 25 years.

Flights between Dushanbe and the Uzbek capital, Tashkent, resumed in April 2017 after twenty-five years. 

Tajik Air (Tajikistan Airlines) is the national airline of Tajikistan.  The airline has its main hub at the Dushanbe airport, and it retains a secondary focus point at the Khujand airport.

The company started operations on September 3, 1924 as Tajik Aviation. Its first route was Bukhara to Dushanbe, served by Junkers F-13 aircraft.  It is the sixth oldest airline still in operation.

Tajik Air now serves the following destinations: China (Urumqi); India (New Delhi); Iran (Tehran, Mashhad); Kazakhstan (Almaty); Kyrgyzstan (Bishkek); Russia (Moscow, Novosibirsk, St Petersburg, and Surgut); and Tajikistan (Khorog and Khujand).

The Tajik Air management is currently considering potential upgrade of its air fleet with aircraft of modern Western technology.

Until 2008, Tajik Air had an absolute monopoly in Tajikistan’s air transport, owning all planes, airports, and airport and flight services.  As a result of restructuring, Tajik Air was split up into several separate companies.