On March 16, 2018, the international airport Samarkand held a solemn greeting ceremony of Turkish Airlines that made its flight from Istanbul to Samarkand. The delegation of the Turkish Republic headed by the Director General of "Turkish Airlines" Mr. Bilal Akshi was greeted by the representatives of the city administration, the State Aviation Administration of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the National Air Company "Uzbekistan Airways", the State Committee for the Development of Tourism of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Embassy of Turkey in Uzbekistan, also republican and foreign media and the sounds of karnais and surnais.
The event was greeted by hokim of Samarkand city Furkat Rakhimov, director of Samarkand international airport Hasan Mavlyanov, head of the Turkish delegation Bilal Akshi and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Turkey to Uzbekistan Ahmet Bashar Shen. It was noted that since ancient times, the Uzbek and Turkish peoples have linked the similarity of customs, centuries-old traditions and common values, as well as the time-tested constructive and open relationships based on friendship and mutual trust.
The state visit of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev to the Republic of Turkey in October 2017, brought a multifaceted and mutually beneficial Uzbek-Turkish cooperation to a qualitatively new level. Today, close partnerships in trade, economy, science and education, including in the sphere of transport, are developing actively between our countries.
The agreement reached during the visit of the head of our state to the Republic of Turkey last October laid a foundation to establish a direct air link between the cities of Samarkand and Istanbul. This, in turn, demonstrates the readiness of Uzbekistan for the consistent development of cooperation in the field of civil aviation.This new direction served as a significant factor not only in creating new opportunities in the trade, economic and investment spheres, but also in developing the tourist potential of the two states.
Uzbekistan and Turkey have enormous opportunities in the field of tourism. And the introduction of a simplified visa regime for the citizens of the Republic of Turkey in our country is another step in creating wide conditions for the citizens of Turkey to visit Uzbekistan, get acquainted with the amazing ancient history and the present day of our Republic.
It should be noted that today the NAС Uzbekistan Airways on modern airliners "Airbus" and "Boeing" carry out regular flights to more than 50 cities in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North America. The airline performs regular passenger flights to Istanbul from Tashkent seven days a week, from Samarkand - twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays.