Tashkent, Uzbekistan [Image: Flydubai] Tashkent, Uzbekistan [Image: Flydubai]

Dubai-based flydubai is starting flights to Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, from March 11, 2019 - making it the first UAE national carrier to offer direct flights to the destination.

According to a statement, the five times weekly service between Dubai and Tashkent will start from March 11, 2019 and will become a daily operation from May 31, 2019.

Flydubai chief executive officer Ghaith Al Ghaith said in a statement: "We are pleased to become the first UAE national carrier to offer direct flights to Tashkent, strengthening ties between the UAE and Uzbekistan via these new direct air links. This creates opportunities for further development of tourism and trade flows and is in line with our commitment to opening up previously under-served markets and offering more travel options to fly to Dubai and beyond."

Flydubai has been flying to Central Asia since November 2010; with the launch of the new direct flights to Tashkent, Flydubai will offer 33 weekly flights to seven points in Central Asia.

Emirates will codeshare on this route as part of the Emirates flydubai partnership announced in July 2017.

Story continues below
Advertisement