Thursday, July 2, 2015

All Cargo Airline Opens Up New Air Freight Market in Central Asia

Repressive Regime May Slow the Pace of Internationalisation
Shipping News Feature

LUXEMBOURG – TURKMENISTAN – CHINA – As Europe’s largest all freight airline it obviously falls to Cargolux to serve many fledgling markets in Eastern Europe and Central Asia and now the Luxembourg based carrier has expanded its offering with four weekly flights to Turkmenbashi, two from Luxembourg and two from Hong Kong.

With a fleet of 24 freighter aircraft Cargolux already numbers four other destinations in Central Asia - Baku, Novosibirsk, Almaty and Tbilisi - and Turkmenbashi, which lies in the Balkan Province, is the country’s seventh largest city. Cargolux will also cooperate with Turkmenistan Airlines to enhance the number of cargo destinations both carriers can offer to their customers. Cargolux can now also better serve surrounding markets such as Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan whilst the new service opens the country to the airline’s worldwide network of 90 destinations.

Cargolux says that Turkmenbashi offers an attractive geographical location and the airport, in service since 2010, can rely on a state-of-the-art infrastructure, sadly not the state in the rest of the country which has an appalling record in matters of ethnic diversity and this year, despite launching its first communications satellite, passed a law demanding all satellite dishes be destroyed in a move clearly designed to shield the populace from outside influences in a country where only 5% of the population has access to the internet.