China Southern launching service to Samarkand in Uzbekistan

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China Southern Airlines’ north-western branch plans to launch a passenger service from its Urumqi base to Samarkand, an ancient city that is the second largest city in Uzbekistan.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) says in a statement that China Southern has applied to launch a twice-weekly passenger service in June from Urumqi in northwest China to Samarkand using either Boeing 737s or Boeing 757s.

China Southern’s north-western branch is based in Urumqi and operates these two aircraft types.

Samarkand is in southern Uzbekistan and is the country’s second largest city. In 2001 UNESCO put the ancient city on the World Heritage List.

No airlines currently operate between Urumqi and Samarkand but China Southern and Uzbekistan Airways operate between Urumqui and Uzbekistan’s capital Tashkent according to Innovata.