National carrier Turkmenistan Airlines are allowed on Saturday, December 7th to fly to European Union countries, ten months after the flights were banned by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), according to AFP.
Since February, the ban has been in place, pending confirmation to the EASA that the airline complies with the international air safety standards. However, the agency did not disclose any specific failures by the airline.
It is reported that 50 passengers lined up to check in for the airline's 0700 GMT flight to Frankfurt, one of the EU destinations it served before the EASA ban.
Officials in Ashgabat have spent months upgrading security, together with Lufthansa Consulting, an international aviation consultancy for airlines, airports, and related industries.
On October 16th, the restrictions were lifted after Turkmenistan Airlines confirmed compliance with technical requirements related to air operations in the EU territory.
This month, EASA said the ban had been lifted in October after "a successful on-site audit of Turkmenistan Airlines in Ashgabat."
EASA stated that it "verified that the reasons that led to suspension of the airline's TCO authorisation on 4th February 2019, issued by EASA, had been corrected by the airline."
The suspension caused chaos in early February as passengers with onwards flights were unable to contact the company, especially Britain's Punjabi community, who used the Turkmenistan Airlines flight transiting via Ashgabat to reach the Indian city of Amritsar from London and Birmingham.
Earlier this year, Turkmenistan Airlines launched nonstop flights from Ashgabat to Tokyo. The first plane took off on June 26th, bridging Ashgabat International Airport with Haneda Airport.
Turkmenistan Airlines is the flag carrier of Turkmenistan, with headquarters in the country’s capital Ashgabat. The airline operates domestic and international passenger and cargo services mainly from its hub at Ashgabat International Airport. The government-run airline was set up in 1992, Turkmenistan's first full year of independence.