Monday، 19 September 2016 | Score:
Opening of Turkmenistan New International Airport with a Flight from Iran
MRUD News—Turkmenistan has opened a new international Airport in Ashgabat by presence of Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, the President of Turkmenistan and Abbas Akhoundi, Iran Minister of Roads and Urban Development on September 17, 2016.
In the opening ceremony of this bird-shaped airport, Berdimuhamedow told "connecting the railway of Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran to each other and the railway of Tajikistan-Turkmenistan-Afghanistan has created huge commercial potentials in the region". "The countries of regions should make the most of these potentials", he emphasized.
The policy of Turkmenistan Government is to develop regional and trans-regional cooperation and to facilitate transport from international borders. Also development of multi-modal transport is among priorities of this country so that, considering its geographic location, it can connect regional and trans-regional countries", he mentioned.
Berdimuhamedow pointed to the necessity of reviving the Silk Road and added that "this Road should connect the Eastern Countries through which we can strengthen the role of transportation in the global trade as a connecting bridge".
Berdimuhamedow pointed to the transportation plans of Turkmenistan namely construction of Turkmenbashi International Seaport in the Caspian Sea and current new airport of Ashgabat with capacity of 14 million passengers per year in line with the development of commercial and economic cooperation with different countries of the world.
He added that Turkmenistan's intention from development of transportation is presence in the global market as currently construction of bridge in the rail sector and development of maritime affairs in the Turkmenistan has drawn considerable attention.
This modern airport has been constructed within 2 years and is equipped with all modern airport equipment in the passenger and freight transport.
The $2.3 bn (£1.8bn) airport is located in Ashgabat, the capital, and has the capacity to process more than 1,600 passengers an hour.
The first flight landed in this airport from Mahan Airline at 11 a.m. on September 17, 2016.
The previous airport of Ashgabat with capacity of 3 million passengers per year remains active alongside the new airport and since now all international flights of Turkmenistan would be through this new airport.