Integration into the world’s travel database has been getting better over the past few years, and online booking is now also a reality for most airlines in Central Asia; only Uzbek Airways and Turkmenistan Airlines are still holding out, as well as a few regional airlines.
To find flights, we find the following flight search engines most useful: Dohop, Skyscanner, Kayak. Combine them for maximum effect. If you are planning a multi-country trip around the Silk Road, the following places are well-connected to the rest of the world, making them good hubs to start and end your trip: Istanbul, Tblisi, Tehran, Bishkek, Almaty, Urumqi.
To get all the options, you’ll need to manually check some of the smaller airlines that are not in the global distribution systems yet. If you are already in Central Asia, drop by your local “aviakassa” selling plane tickets. It’s what locals do. If you’re not, you’ll need to check the following by hand:
- Qazaq Air (KAZ – domestic)
- Irtysh Air (KAZ – domestic)
- Bek Air (KAZ – domestic)
- Sky Bishkek (KG – domestic)
- Turkmen Airlines (TM – international)
English Wikipedia often has a very good and updated overview of the flight plans of these small airlines.