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Uzbekistan Airways launches regular flights to Zaamin Tourism Zone or Uzbek Switzerland
08 September 2023
Uzbekistan Airways launches regular flights to Zaamin Tourism Zone or Uzbek Switzerland

Great News: Uzbekistan Airways launches regular flights to Zaamin, known as Uzbek Switzerland, from Tashkent and Samarkand.

The grand opening of Zaamin Airport took place on 1 September this year. The passenger terminal, located on 60 hectares, is designed for 30 people. It is expected that the air harbor will contribute to the development of the tourism industry in the region.

The airport complex is equipped with an asphalt runway 1,200 meters long, parking for two aircraft, a control tower, and, directly, an air terminal building that will house ground services, and a large hall will allow passengers to wait for flights in comfort. There is also a parking area for cars, and in the future, it is planned to build a helipad.

The opening of the airport will increase employment in the areas of catering, hotel business, transport infrastructure, and services in the region.

The first aircraft to land in Zaamin Airport was a small aircraft LET L-410, which flew in from Tashkent. On the same day, the Uzbekistan Airways Pilatus PC-24 business jet arrived as well.

Zaamin is known as the Switzerland of Uzbekistan due to its breathtaking mountainous green landscapes, deep pine forests and pure fresh air it offers to those visiting this amazing tourist destination of Uzbekistan. Thanks to being an ecologically pure region, Zaamin has preserved its original nature and has unique flora and fauna.

The district center of Zaamin lies 75 kilometers southeast of Jhizzakh on the northern slopes of Turkistan Mountain Ridge, at a height of 2000 meters above sea level along an uninspiring road that traverses a dusty steppe and former collective farms before taking a last-minute turn up into the rolling hills and snow-capped mountains that ring Tajikistan. Zaamin is located on the tourist route between Samarkand and Tashkent.

“Zaamin is an area with enormous tourism potential. Tourism is considered here as one of the main drivers of development,” Ergash Saliev, khokim of the Jizzakh region.

Starting from 7 September this year, Uzbekistan Airways has started operating regular flights on the route Tashkent-Zaamin-Samarkand and Samarkand-Zaamin-Tashkent on a daily basis.

Regular flights to Zaamin from Tashkent and Samarkand are operated on a daily basis, according to the following schedule:

- Departure from Tashkent at 8:30, arrival in Zaamin at 09:05

- Departure from Zaamin at 9:35, arrival in Samarkand at 10:20

- Departure from Samarkand at 11:20, arrival in Zaamin at 12:05

- Departure from Zaamin at 12:35, arrival in Tashkent at 13:10

The cost of one-way air tickets starts from 105,000 soums, and you can purchase air tickets on the official website, through the UzAirways application or at the Uzbekistan Airways Sales branch.

In the near future, Uzbekistan Airways aims to open regular flights to such cities of Uzbekistan as Sokh, Sariasia and Zarafshan as well.

As we update regularly. Uzbekistan has been developing new tourist destinations for local and foreign travelers in recent years and is creating modern conveniences in tourist destinations of Uzbekistan by improving the infrastructure and transportation means. Thus, not only the classic tourist spots of Uzbekistan, such as Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva are easily reachable for those traveling to Uzbekistan today, but also new destinations such as Zaamin State Reserve, Amirsoy Resort, and others. 

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