Mongolia's Eznis opens international services

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Mongolian privately-owned carrier Eznis Airways has opened its first international service.

On 1 June the airline began operating scheduled flights twice a week from its Ulaanbaatar base to the Russian city of Ulan Ude.

The service, which uses Saab 340 turboprops, provides an alternative to a 12-hour journey by bus and rail.

Vice-president for sales and marketing Spiro Deligiannis says Eznis will add a third frequency pending sufficient passenger traffic on the route.

Eznis, which has three leased Saab 340s, is considering increasing its turboprop capacity on its domestic network of a dozen destinations.