Overseas airlines cancel flights bound to Turkmenistan (updated)

Starting from 6 March, 2020 some foreign passenger airlines, including Turkish Airlines, S7 and Fly Dubai cancelled their flights bound to Turkmenistan.

Representatives of S7 told “Chronicles of Turkmenistan” that the flights had been suspended until 28 March, 2020 in connection with the restrictions imposed by the authorities of Turkmenistan on flights to Ashgabat which are operated by overseas airlines.

“Passengers can get a full refund of their airline tickets. Those passengers who are already in Ashgabat are recommended to contact S7 Airlines call centre at 8-800-700-07-07”, – the public affairs office of the air carrier reported.

The public affairs office of flydubai reported that the passenger who had booked tickets for the flights operated by the airlines for the period from 6 to 31 March, 2020 can rebook their tickets at later dates, for other destinations or get full refunds by contacting the email address letstalk@flydubai.com.

“If you have purchased your airline tickets through travel agents, please contact them directly to apply for refunds or rebooking of airline tickets”, – representatives of the Arab carrier responded.

It became known to the editorial board that “Turkish Airlines” continue to operate flights bound to Turkmenistan but until late March the planes from Istanbul or Ankara will be headed to Turkmenabat rather than Ashgabat. “Belavia” canceled their flights until April.

There have been no official statements from representative offices of these airlines.

Let us recall that since 5 March, 2020 the government of Turkmenistan introduced new measures to combat the spread of coronavirus COVID-19 in Turkmenistan. All international flights are redirected to the airport of Turkmenabat whereas all incoming foreign nationals who have visited countries with confirmed coronavirus cases are obliged to undergo a 6 hour screening at the airport.

Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan