The Dubai-based airline announced today (Thursday) the launch of flights to Samarkand, Uzbekistan, as of September 20, offering a twice-weekly service. This will be Flydubai’s second destination in Uzbekistan after Tashkent, making it the first carrier to operate flights from the UAE to Samarkand.
Flights on the new route to Samarkand International Airport (SKD) will take off from Terminal 3 at Dubai International (DXB) every Tuesday and Friday.
With the launch of this new route, the carrier flies to six destinations in Central Asia, including Almaty and Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan), Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan), Dushanbe (Tajikistan) and now two destinations in Uzbekistan.
Flydubai thus grows its network to 102 destinations, operating with a fleet of 65 Boeing 737 and giving passengers from the UAE and the whole region more convenient options for travel.
Samarkand, one of the most ancient cities in the world, is believed to be as old as Rome and Athens, and one of the cradles of civilization. The culturally rich city was a hugely important crossroad on the Silk Road and is now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage List.
Hamad Obaidalla, CCO at flydubai, commented on the launch: “We started our operations in Uzbekistan in 2019, and we were pleased to see the market grow as the demand for travel returned. With a combined frequency of eight flights a week to Samarkand and Tashkent, we look forward to further supporting the trade and cultural links with the UAE and encouraging more people to visit this beautiful country steeped in history and tradition.”
Jeyhun Efendi, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations and E-commerce at flydubai, also added: “Central Asia is an important and growing market for flydubai. flydubai’s new service will provide our customers from Samarkand and the adjacent areas with an easier and more efficient way to travel to the UAE and beyond. We will start with a twice-weekly service from September, and we are excited to see the market grow even further in the future.”