Tajikistan’s privately owned air carrier Somon Air is expected to resume regular flights to the Russian cities of Kazan and Novosibirsk.

Somon Air’s press center says the air carrier will operate fights from Dushanbe to Kazan and from the Tajik city of Khujand to Novosibirsk.

The company will operate once-weekly service on both air routes: both flights will be operated on Thursdays, starting from June 9.

The company will use Boeing 737-900 and Boeing 737-800 to operate these flights.  

The company notes that passengers traveling to Russia, with the exception of citizens of the Russian Federation, must have a certificate showing the negative result of COVID-19, obtained by testing by the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method, and made no earlier than 48 hours (two days) prior to arrival in Russia.

Somon Air is the first private airline in Tajikistan with an office headquartered in Dushanbe.  The airline operations are based at Dushanbe International Airport.  The airline started operating on February 5, 2008 with regular flights to Moscow and Dubai.  Somon Air also serves as the official carrier of President of the Republic of Tajikistan and other Tajikistan high-ranking officials.