On 10 January 2020, the aircraft of the Chinese airline Zhejiang Loong Airlines Co. Ltd. made the first charter flight from Chengdu to Tashkent with a total capacity of 173 people. The flight from Chengdu to Tashkent is about 5 hours.
The launch of this flight was the result of the joint work of the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in China with the Civil Aviation Administration of the People’s Republic of China, the Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan for Development of tourism.
The first flight was used by tour operators, business and media representatives in Sichuan. The opening of this flight will undoubtedly contribute to the further growth of the tourist flow to Uzbekistan from China, will create additional conveniences for students, as well as business circles of the two countries for closer interaction.
From September 2019, Zhejiang Loong Airlines Co. Ltd. began flights on the Xi’an-Tashkent-Xi’an route. The relevance of the new flight is explained by the significant increase in passenger traffic between Uzbekistan and China, observed in recent years. In addition, the introduction by Uzbekistan from 1 January of a visa-free regime for Chinese citizens for a period of 7 days, contributes to a greater influx of Chinese tourists to Uzbekistan.