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Turkmen leader dissatisfied with local airlines

27 March 2017 15:34 (UTC+04:00)
Turkmen leader dissatisfied with local airlines

By Kamila Aliyeva

Turkmenistan's president criticized the work of national airlines, who he entrusted to carry out quality and scaly services.

President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov at a regular meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of the country recalled that he had previously given instructions concerning the development of local airlines, however, the pace of work is extremely slow.

Expressing his dissatisfaction with the administration of Turkmenhavayollary (Turkmen Airlines) over their work to meet the demand of the country's population, as well as ministries and departments for air transportation, the head of state stressed the slow work carried out in this direction, the Turkmen government said in a statement.

"For example, in the south of the Lebap velayat (province), industry is developing rapidly, bridges, railways, large enterprises and settlements are being built, but it takes quite much time to get to these places," the Turkmen leader said.

He mentioned a similar situation existing in the city of Garabogaz of the Balkan velayat.

In this regard, the president urged to build new airports on the ground, emphasizing the expediency of temporary use of helicopters for the transport of people and goods.

Currently, Turkmenistan Airlines, in addition to domestic flights, carries out regular flights to dozens of countries. The area of the flights is constantly expanding.

Construction of new and reconstruction of the existing airports, terminals, facilities of engineering purposes is underway in Ashgabat and the regions of Turkmenistan, within the National Program of Civil Aviation Development of the country for 2012-2030.

Formation of modern transport and communication system is one of the basic principles of the economic strategy of Turkmenistan consistently implemented by the Turkmen leader.

The new International Airport opened in September 2016. In accordance with the strategic priorities of the policy of President Berdimuhamedov, the new International Airport contributed to the development of the Turkmen aviation activation of mutually beneficial trade-economic and humanitarian ties, tourism, and full integration of Turkmenistan into the world economic system.

Turkmenistan, which has a favorable geographical location, aims to strengthen its position of an important transit and transportation hub of regional and continental importance.

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Kamila Aliyeva is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @Kami_Aliyeva

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